Canadian Registration Reprieve


December 27, 2002, 07:42 PM

Update on Canada's firearms program

OTTAWA, Dec. 27 /CNW/ - The Honourable Martin Cauchon, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada, today announced additional measures
for individuals trying to register their firearms before the December 31, 2002 deadline.

Licensed owners are required to register their firearms by December 31, 2002. On-line registration is free and available 24 hours a day at Application forms are also available by calling 1-800-731-4000.

However, due to the high volume of calls to the Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC) information line and the high volume of e-mails being sent to the CFC,
additional steps are being taken by the Department of Justice to ensure those attempting to comply with the law are supported.

"There is no intention of penalizing law-abiding Canadians," said Minister Cauchon. "The Government of Canada is making every effort to assist
firearm owners in meeting the licensing and registration requirements of the Firearms Act. These special measures will provide protection to Canadians who
are acting to comply with the law. I encourage those who have yet to register their firearms to act now."

Until December 31, 2002, licensed individuals who are attempting to register their firearms or who are seeking application forms may contact the
Canadian Firearms Centre in writing and submit a statement setting out their intention to apply for registration. Such a written statement will satisfy the
terms of the grace period announced by the Minister on November 29, 2002.

However, individuals who send a statement of intention will still be required to submit a registration form for their firearms.

In order to make a statement of intention to register, an individual must provide the following:
- full name
- address, and
- valid firearms licence or Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC) number.

Individuals may make a statement to register, in writing only, either by e-mail to , by fax to 1-800-411-0622, or by mail postmarked no later than December 31, 2002 to P.O. 1200, Miramichi, New
Brunswick E1N 5Z3.
This is not an extension to the deadline for registration. It offers protection from prosecution under the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code for
individuals who are attempting to comply with the law.
The licensing phase of the program has been a success, 1.9 million owners have licences. So far, about 75 % of licensed firearm owners have participated
in registration. About 400,000 registration applications have already been submitted over the Internet, for a total of 5.7 million firearms that are accounted for, mostly rifles and shotguns, which were difficult to trace under the old system.


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December 29, 2002, 12:21 AM
"Yeah, uh, Mr. Minister of Getting Rid of Credible Means of Self-Defense, I hear-by state that at some point in time in the future I will register all my guns as prescibed by law, unless I accidentally lose them while hunting, or some such. I guess my being so clumsy with guns is why I gotta register them, eh?"


They have to keep advertising as to how much of a success the program is, in hopes to nobody finds out just how small a percentage actually got registered.....

December 29, 2002, 01:42 AM
I've worked with the government (U.S.) long enough to know that when a government agency "extends a deadline" or "implement additional measures" outside of normal procedures, it only means one thing...

They're in DEEP s***!

December 29, 2002, 02:34 AM
The licensing phase of the program has been a success, 1.9 million owners have licences. So far, about 75 % of licensed firearm owners have participated So if each owner registered 10 firearms, wouldn't that leave about 70 million firearms unregistered?

I can't believe Canada has so few firearms as to have the compliance success of their idiotic law be 75%!

December 29, 2002, 02:53 AM
Yeah, well down here we can tell if a politcian is lying....his mouth is usually open....

December 29, 2002, 08:22 AM
It's being hotly discussed on Canadian boards- Let's see if I can fetch some links:

December 29, 2002, 04:10 PM
I went over to check out what the Canucks are up to. They're not as dumb as they look. (Just kidding guys :) ).

This one post on Free Dominion caught my attention. I think it is worth noting for us folks "south of the border" as well.
By Wlyonmackenzie:

Those who did not comply will ultimately be free on the tyranny to follow. From personal experience in my circle of acquaintances, more than 40% have not registered at all, and all have keep at least a few firearms out of the registry. No one has complied fully.

If the government proceeds on a course of incremental civilian disarmament, the nation ceases to be free. This is the signal flair. At that point, I believe there are now, and will continue to be, more guns go missing out of control of the system. At that point, the government will set itself against its most legally compliant citizens and things will escalate from passive civil disobedience to resolute resistance. The cloistered, insulated fools in our political elite have NO idea of the resolve in the segment of Canadian society they are persecuting.

The sad thing about this level of government civil vulgarity is that the police get caught in the middle. They must obey their master's dictates and unjustly persecute their fellow citizens. They do not deserve the heightened risk of the civilly unstable situation this government created.

All I can tell you for sure is that the next round of federal firearms confiscations will be met with near absolute resolute resistance and further non-compliance in the firearms owning public. If the feds start a police gooning policy, to intimidate resisters, someone will get hurt.

This I pray this is not going to be a likely scenario in this nation. If it is, this is not the nation I grew up in and respected. It will gain my wrath, not my cooperation.

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