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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 The current version of the outdated regulation requires a new non-unique marking that would dramatically increase the cost of imported firearms, cause safety concerns and possibly increase demand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

info.csaaa@gmail.com

705-875-2302

 

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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CSAAA Position Statement on Canada’s Firearms Marking Regulation

Canada’s robust firearms import/export regulations already comply with the recommendations of the UN Firearms Protocol – the Criminal Code Firearms Marking Regulation goes too far.

On June 1st, 2017 Canada’s Criminal Code Firearms Marking Regulation, passed into law in 2004, will come into force. The Firearms Marking Regulation is the Canadian Government’s interpretation of the recommendations contained in the UN Firearms Protocol, which Canada signed in 2001.

The goal of the UN Firearms Protocol is laudable – preventing shipments of small arms from illegally ending up in conflict zones around the world – one which Canada’s sporting arms industry supports. However, it is our position that Canada’s Firearms Marking Regulation is both unnecessary and deeply flawed. The Coming-into-Force of this regulation as written will cause catastrophic damage to thousands of licenced and lawful Canadian small businesses operating in the shooting sports sector.

READ THE FULL POSITION STATEMENT HERE:
CSAAA Position Statement on Canada's Firearms Marking Regulation

It is the position of the CSAAA that Canada’s Firearms Marking Regulations adds nothing to Canada’s already robust import/export regulation nor would post import marking add anything to ability of domestic or foreign law enforcement authorities to trace firearms entering or leaving the country. All firearms imported into to Canada or exported from Canada can be easily tracked through the import/export process by virtue of their unique serial number.

More importantly the Firearms Marking Regulations jeopardize a small business community at a time when our domestic economy is already vulnerable and should be the government’s top priority. The loss of these businesses/employers would mostly affect smaller, rural and northern communities – all of which the government have said are key areas of focus and investment.

The CSAAA, along with its industry partner, the CSSA, remain strongly opposed to the implementation of the Firearms Marking Regulations and respectfully request an opportunity to continue discussions of this issue with the office of the Minister of Public Safety at the Minister’s very earliest convenience.

Submitted by the CSAAA Firearms Marking Committee

Spyros Chrysochou, General Manager, Stoeger Canada (Chairperson), CSAAA Member
Mark Clifford, Regional Sales Representative, Korth Group, CSAAA Board of Directors
Steve Clouthier, Sales Manager National Accounts, VISTA Outdoor, CSAAA Board of Directors
Steve Dorey, Vice President Sales Canada, Big Rock Sports, CSAAA Member
Sean Hansen, President Freedom Ventures, CSAAA Member
John Hipwell, President, Wolverine Supplies, CSAAA Member
Hugo Laliberté, Senior Vice President, Gravel Agency, CSAAA Member
Daniel Legault, General Manager, Browning Canada, CSAAA Member
Scott Pulvermacher, Senior Product Merchant Hunting/Firearms, Wholesale Sports, CSAAA Member
Wes Winkel, President Ellwood Epps Sporting Goods, President CSAAA Board of Directors

For more information contact:
Alison de Groot
Managing Director
705-875-2302
info.csaaa@gmail.com

or

Tony Bernardo
Director Government Relations
905-571-2150
abernardo343@rogers.com