Firearms Bans, buy-back programs and more

Afternoon BRGFA Members

Please read the below email from Manitoba Wildlife Federation’s Noel Linsey and see the attached 2 documents he has attached to this email. This is important information regarding the current Federal Government’s position on implementing firearm bans. You do not need to be a member of MWF to participate, just a legal firearm’s owner.

Pass it along to whomever you believe needs to read this and act on it.

Thank you

Colette Marr

Letter to Members of Parliament

Letter to Members of the Legislative Assembly

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Subject: Firearms Bans, Buyback Programs and more. The MWF needs your help.

The Federal Government has renewed its promise to strengthen gun control by allowing municipalities and communities to ban handguns, as well as promising to ban “military style” firearms and implement a firearms buyback program.

The MWF is extremely opposed to this approach as it has targeted one of the single most vetted groups of Canadians – legal and law abiding firearms owners. Unfortunately, due to current CRA rules, the MWF is unable to fight this battle in a capacity that would allow us to effectively lobby the government on behalf of our members. We risk losing our charitable status and risk losing grant funding opportunities that essentially help pay for hunter and angler education and recruitment programs.

Through our affiliate clubs however, we have an excellent opportunity to oppose the Federal Government’s new firearms control policies. We also have the opportunity to demand, as legal and law abiding firearms owners that our Provincial Government supports us in the same way (or more so) that the Alberta Government has. Please watch this short video for more information:

We are strong believers in the safe use of firearms and firearms education. We are also strong believers in not demonizing firearms based on looks alone, and instead believe that clear, transparent and common sense firearms laws are part of the solution. Further, we believe that all levels of Government should be addressing the root causes of violent crime in Canada, namely social issues, criminal gangs, mental health and poverty. Finally, Government should be investing in tougher penalties for straw purchasers as well as methods to curb the illegal import of firearms from the United States.

Attached are two letter templates. We are asking you to please present these letters to your members, in hopes that they will lead this charge, sign these letters and send them to their appropriate Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Assembly.

If your club has an active website and/or social media account, please consider posting these letters so members and the public can easily access, download and send them out as well.

While many of these new laws will initially affect sport shooters, this sets a dangerous precedence for further and more wide ranging bans. It is time for us to use our voice, stand up for sport shooting, plinking, and greater firearms owner communities and support one another in any way we can.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at the MWF office at 204-633-5967 or email us info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mwf.mb">info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mwf.mb. We will assist you in any way we can.

All the best,

Noel Linsey
Communications and Marketing Manager
Manitoba Wildlife Federation
4 – 999 King Edward Street
Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0R1
P: 204-633-5967
F: 204-632-5200
TF: 877-633-4868
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