CSAAA to represent sporting arms business owners at Guns & Gangs Summit in Ottawa

CSAAA President Wes Winkel has been invited by the Minister of Public Safety's office to represent Canadian sporting arms businesses at the government's Guns and Gangs Summit in Ottawa on Wednesday.
"We're not sure what to expect, but we want to be sure we are fully aware of the discussion taking place and able to offer our technical expertise on firearms, current regulations in practice, as well as feedback on the feasibility of ideas and how they would affect sporting arms business owners in Canada," said Winkel.
"As the representatives of hundreds of responsible small business owners employing an estimated 25,000 Canadians, it is our mission to ensure our members are not unfairly represented in this process or unduly harmed by any proposed initiatives. We believe our business members can, and should, be part of the solution to the issue of illegal and criminal firearms transactions, while respecting and protecting the lawful sale and use of sporting arms in Canada," added Winkel.

CSAAA responds to MEC decision to drop VISTA Outdoor brands


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PETERBOROUGH, ON March 2, 2018 – As representatives of Canada’s sporting arms business owners, the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) was extremely disappointed to hear the recent decision by Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) to abandon VISTA Outdoor as a supplier and appalled at the vilification of VISTA and its employees.

It is an emotional time and the CSAAA has been careful not to step forward during a time when passions are running high and reasonable discussion is not yet possible. However, we cannot stand by when good people, working in a responsible Canadian industry are being targeted unfairly.

There are nearly 4,500 firearm and ammunition businesses in Canada, employing and estimated 25,000 Canadians. Most of these are small business owners. These are hard working Canadians with families, supporting their local communities, raising their kids, and just as concerned about the safety and well-being of their families as every other parent and citizen.

By making an emotional decision in response to the demands of an ill-informed membership base in the wake of a very tragic event occurring outside of Canada, MEC has unfairly smeared these Canadian business owners and their employees and put their jobs and livelihoods at risk all for the sake of a few minutes of good PR.

The outcry from MEC members stemmed from VISTA Outdoor’s ownership of Savage Arms; which manufacturers modern sporting arms. In Canada, we have a very stringent firearms culture and regulatory environment and while these firearms are available in Canada, they are classified as restricted, requiring extensive training and background checks to obtain a license, and fire one bullet at a time from a magazine limited to five rounds. In practical terms, they are no more dangerous in Canada than a typical hunting rifle.

Savage Arms Canada, a longtime member of the CSAAA, employs nearly 140 people in the small town of Lakefield, Ontario where they have been manufacturing sporting rifles since 1969 (originally as Lakefield Arms).

Canadian firearms businesses and owners operate in one of the most regulated environments in the world. “If there was any evidence that further restricting law abiding business owners and gun owners would make our country safer, our industry members would be on board,” said Wes Winkel, president of the CSAAA and owner of Ellwood Epps Sporting Goods in Orillia, Ontario.

School shootings are at the heart of the current public debate over firearms regulations, and this is an issue for all Canadians, including CSAAA members. All of us want to know our children are safe when they are at school. But Canada’s regulatory environment already provides the most stringent protection around the purchase and ownership of firearms. No additional firearms regulations are going to prevent a disturbed individual from carrying out a deranged plan to attack a school. The real solution needs to focus on access to our schools and it is the position of the CSAAA that metal detectors in schools are the most effective preventative measure we can take to protect our schools from this type of crime.

Metal detectors have been a proven method of enhancing security and are currently used in stadiums, government buildings, court houses, airports and banks. Why would we not take this simple step to secure our children from all dangerous weapons entering their schools?

And most importantly, our focus, and our tax funding, needs to be spent on the most proven violence prevention efforts that focus on key public health strategies at the individual, community and societal levels to better identify and prevent violent behaviour.

“While no method of security brings 100 per cent protection, it is time that our society stops wasting time and resources on ineffective gun control and starts directing their efforts on proven security measures to protect our children,” said Winkel. “There is no evidence that escalating the level of red tape on licensed, law-abiding gun owners in Canada will enhance the safety of our children at school. For our society to continue to push and pay for these initiatives prevents us from getting to real solutions.”


For more information, contact

Alison de Groot, Managing Director

Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA)

P.O. Box 2343,

Peterborough, ON K9J 7Y8



Interviews with Mr. Wes Winkel, President CSAAA, are available, please contact us to arrange. Founded in 1973, the CSAAA represents Canadian manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers in the sporting arms industry. We promote our members’ commitment to the legal sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and hunting and shooting sports accessories. . We support and promote hunting and shooting sports as heritage activities and our small business owners as meaningful contributors to their local and our national economies.

Industry leader Daniel Legault passes away at 59

It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of Daniel Legault, longtime General Manager of Browning Canada and a true leader of the shooting sports industry. Mr. Legault passed away late Saturday, February 24th at the age of 59 after a stoic fight against cancer.

Mr. Legault is survived by his wife Mrs. Josée Simard, his children Jean-François (Marie-Claude Huot) and Stephanie (Benoit Brunet), his grandchildren: Samuel, Anthony and Émy, his sister Sylvie, his brother Pierre, his brothers-in-law , sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

The family will receive condolences on Friday, March 2nd from 2 to 5 pm and from 7 to 9 pm at:

Goyer Funeral Complex
105 boul. Desjardins Est

The family has asked that donations in remembrance of Mr. Legault be directed to the Pallia-Vie Foundation. Please see the link below to send condolences.


5th Annual Canadian Reception at SHOT Show

Join us, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7 PM, at the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas!

The Canadian Reception at SHOT is moving up, way up!  The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSAA) are pleased to present the 5th annual Canadian Industry Reception at the SHOT Show. This event provides an importing social networking opportunity for Canadian industry professionals attending SHOT Show.

This year's event will be held on the 108th Floor of the Stratosphere Tower, 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, home of the most spectacular view in Las Vegas. There will be plenty of hors d'oeuvres and friendly libations.

Register early as space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  Sponsorships are also available. Register or sponsor online here:

CSAAA 2018 Trade Show Registration Open

CSAAA 2018: Ottawa - February 11-12 & Calgary - February 18-19

The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) National Trade Show is quickly becoming Canada’s SHOT Show. This event features Canada’s leading distributors and wholesalers showcasing the top firearms, ammunition, archery, apparel and accessory brands for the hunting and shooting sports retailer. With Canadian product availability and pricing!

After a number of successful years growing this event in Calgary, Alberta, the CSAAA is pleased to announce we are expanding east in 2018! We are adding an additional event in at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, February 18-19, 2018.

With 30,000 square feet of exhibit space in Ottawa and 25,000 square feet of space in Calgary, CSAAA 2018 will be the largest dealer-only buying show in Canada.

Mark your calendars for CSAAA 2018 EAST and WEST! Download and complete your exhibitor or dealer attendee registration today!

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2018 SHOT Show Buyer Program: Registration Open

The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Canada is pleased to invite you to join our U.S. Embassy 2018 Buyer Delegation to the SHOT Show, January 23-26, 2018 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. You are encouraged to also pass this invitation along to any of your colleagues that may be interested in attending.  Please note that all registrants must have a unique email address.

The cost to join the U.S. Embassy 2018 Buyer Delegation is US$25 (Approx. CDN$31) payable by credit card.  The following are the benefits you will receive:

  1. Complimentary Registration for the exhibition hall admission (US$70-US$350 savings).
  2. Limited complimentary seats for Educational Seminars:  There are limited complimentary seats available that will be provided upon request on a first come, first serve basis.
  3. Use of the International Trade Center (ITC) with conference rooms for private meetings(Hostesses will be available to assist with scheduling and multi-language translators on-site if required.)
  4. Badge printing in the International Trade Center (ITC) to avoid regular registration lines.
  5. Special VIP/IBP recognition badge holder (red fabric holder) so our delegates will be visible to exhibitors.
  6. Complimentary Wi-Fi and computer access with printing in the ITC.
  7. Invitation to International Reception
  8. Continental Breakfast and snacks each official show day in the ITC.


Attendance as part of our delegation is RESTRICTED to commercial BUYERS or INFLUENCERS to theshooting, hunting and outdoor trade and commercial buyers of military, law enforcement and tactical products and services only.

Please indicate your interest in being part of the delegation by registering at:

Once we received your registration, we will send you a questionnaire to complete and ask you to provide us with the following information:

1. A copy of current and valid government-issued photo identification (e.g., driving license, passport, etc.).

2. Documentation demonstrating direct, current professional affiliation to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade, or commercial involvement in the military, law enforcement or tactical markets.

3. Purchase orders or invoices showing purchases made from U.S. exhibitors from SHOT Show 2018.If you have already registered to attend the SHOT Show, please let me know if you would like to be registered as part of our delegation.

For more information contact:
Lucy Cicero Latka
Sr. Commercial Specialist (Government Procurement, Defense and Security)
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration
(613) 688-5219;

CSAAA Dealer Training Day 2017 – Register Today

Leading distributors, hands-on seminars, fantastic prizes! REGISTER TODAY  for Dealer Training Day June 5th, 2017!

Canadian sporting arms dealers are invited to join the CSAAA on June 5th, 2017, 9AM-4PM, Stittsville Shooting Ranges, Stittsville, Ontario. Come for a day of hands-on experiences on the ranges with Canada’s leading manufacturers and distributors of the world’s best firearms, ammunition and shooting accessory brands. Experience the latest models in-person, bring your staff for one-on-one training with brand representatives. Your day includes lunch sponsored by Trigger Wholesale, all-day coffee station sponsored by VISTA Outdoor, and bottled water sponsored by Hevi-Metal.



Fantastic prizes

*Must be present to win. Must have valid PAL or RPAL to claim firearms prizes. Prizes will be drawn at lunch on the range and at the Industry Reception at the Holiday Inn Kanata.

 Hands-on Seminars

Pre-charged Pneumatic Airguns & the rise in airgun products & sales - Pre-charged pneumatic airgun history, current models, how to fill them and benefits.  Plus accuracy over speed and the importance of quality airguns and what products you should stock. Presented by Airgun Source Canada, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm in the Clubhouse.

Intro to Reloading - Looking to reload? Not sure where to start? Learn the basics of reloading and hear about all of the equipment to make your own ammo. Presented by Korth Group, 11 am & 2 pm in the Clubhouse.

Falcon Strike, the ultimate recoil system device - Learn about the new Falcon Strike recoil system, installed in 15 minutes and universal to almost any gun. the Falcon Strike reduces recoil by 35-45%! Presented by Nigava Sports, 9:30 am and 3 pm in the Clubhouse.

Industry Reception & CSAAA AGM 

Following a great day on the Range, join us for the industry reception at 4:45 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Kanata followed by the CSAAA Annual General Meeting.


You must be a CSAAA member to attend.  Retail memberships start at $250 and include 4 passes per store to attend Dealer Training Day! Your 2017 CSAAA membership also includes a bonus membership to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).  For more details on the new CSAAA/CFIB partnership and the benefits to you, CLICK HERE.  Join/Register today!


For more information contact
Alison de Groot

CSAAA supports deferral of Firearms Marking Regulation

PETERBOROUGH, ON, May 19, 2017 / CSAAA/ - The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) applauds the Government’s decision to defer the implementation of the Canadian Firearms Marking Regulation until more work is done on its content.

The CSAAA represents Canadian small business owners in the firearms sector including importers, distributors, wholesalers and outdoor retailers from across the country. While CSAAA members strongly support any initiative that targets illegal firearms sales and trade, the association had concerns about the now 13-year-old wording in the Canadian Firearms Regulation. The dated version does not take into account current industry practices and technologies that allow businesses to provide instant and accurate tracking of imported and exported firearms using information already marked on the firearm, specifically the make and serial number.

The association urged the Minister of Public Safety to consider re-drafting Canada’s marking regulation to reflect these more modern practices, requiring all firearms imported into or exported from Canada to have the make and a unique serial number marked on them. The current version of the outdated regulation requires a new non-unique marking that would dramatically increase the cost of imported firearms, cause safety concerns and possibly increase demand for black market firearms in Canada without adding anything to the traceability of the firearm.

“As business owners, we have a vested interest in working with the government and global community to stop the illegal sale of firearms,” said Wes Winkel, President of the Board of Directors of the CSAAA and owner of a firearms retail business. “We want all firearms sales to be conducted through a legitimate Canadian retailer operating within the regulatory environment. It’s safer for the Canadian public, and better for business.”

Winkel said the CSAAA supports the government’s decision to defer the marking regulation and has committed to working with the government toward a re-drafted version that achieves the goals outlined in the UN Firearms Protocol, the impetus for the Canadian regulation, but does not punish legitimate Canadian firearms business owners.

“The vast majority of business owners in the firearms sector are small businesses,” Winkel added. “Many of them are located in smaller, rural or northern communities where they are key employers and key contributors to their local economies. We don’t want an outdated regulation to result in unnecessary cost burdens that cause the loss of these businesses and jobs in their communities.”


For more information, contact:

Alison de Groot, Managing Director



Firearms Marking Regulation deferred until December 2018

OTTAWA, May 19, 2017 /CNW/ - The existing Firearms Marking Regulations under the Firearms Act, scheduled to come into force on June 1, 2017, are being deferred to December 1, 2018. The deferral will provide the time required to propose amendments to the Regulations in order to achieve their intended purpose, which is to help improve public safety by facilitating the ability of law enforcement to trace the criminal use of firearms.

Detailed information regarding the deferral will be available in the May 31, 2017 edition of the Canada Gazette Part II. For information regarding firearms requirements in Canada, please contact the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000.

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