OPEN Letter to our members
Regarding the May 1, 2020 Order in Council
The Liberal government’s May 1, 2020 Order in Council (OiC) has a profound effect on the way you are able to use firearms. Left unchecked, this holds unthinkable implications.
This OiC directly affects our mission statement:
To promote through education, lobbying, and programs the conservation and utilization of fish and wildlife resources, the protection and enhancement of habitat, and the safe and responsible practice of the shooting sports.
As such, the SPFGA Board condemns in the strongest terms this prohibition of 1500+ firearms, including shotguns with removable chokes and rifles designed for hunting and the sport of long-distance shooting. It was the manner in which this occurred which concerns us most, as it set aside the requirement for debate and sober second thought that is so fundamental to Canadian democracy. This has made criminals of tens of thousands of the most vetted and law-abiding members of Canadian society.
The far-reaching effects of this on all segments of the hunting and sport-shooting community cannot be overstated.
Whether you a hunter, a trap shooter, or a sport shooter, the OiC affects you and targets the firearms you use for hunting and sport-shooting.
Feeling that you are perhaps safe because nothing in the list is in your possession is false confidence as well, because the government has made it clear that this is just the first step of a long journey.
Be assured that the SPFGA is doing everything it can to help support those who are trying to legally stop this emotion-based overreach by the government, including donations on your behalf to the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights (CCFR) to support their charter challenge of the OiC.
Additional details regarding the steps of our fight of this democratic overreach will be coming in following days. Meanwhile, we ask you to remember that an amnesty is in place for two years and that a lot can happen in that time. Make sure that you are in compliance with the law of course, but we recommend not surrendering your firearms until the end of the amnesty period and all legal avenues have been exhausted.