CANADA UPDATE: Gunsmith spends over a week in jail


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WAGCEVP
September 24, 2004, 10:00 AM
Gunsmith spends over a week in jail



----- Original Message -----
From: "Edward
To: "
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2004 4:35 PM
Subject: Gunsmith spends over a week in jail


> FYI:
>
> The Ontario crown persecutor agreed to Bruce's release at 4:30 p.m.
> Tuesday.
>
> Bruce is at home once again.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Eduardo


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> Subject:
> Gunsmith spends over a week in jail
> Date:
> Thu, 23 Sep 2004 10:40:31 -0600 (CST)
>
>
> http://www.drydenobserver.ca/topnews.html
>
> Gunsmith spends over a week in jail
>
> By Laurie Papineau
> The Dryden Observer
>
> After 10 days and two scheduled Show Cause hearings, Bruce Montague was
> still waiting to find out if he would be released from jail on Tuesday.
>
> The Dryden gunsmith and Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners
> Association
> (CUFOA) member was charged with a number of weapons related offences on
> Sept. 11 after openly refusing to register his firearms in an act of
> ongoing
> non-compliance with Bill C-68.
>
> After a search warrant was executed on the family's property, Montague
> was
> facing four charges, including two counts of unauthorized possession of
> firearms and careless storage of a firearm; failure to use reasonable
> care
> with an explosive and unlawful possession of an explosive. His wife
> Donna
> was charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm and careless
> storage.
>
> However, by the time Montague appeared at bail court for a Show Cause
> hearing in Dryden on Sept. 15, the number of weapons related charges
> against
> him had grown to at least half a dozen.
>
> The hearing was halted when Montague decided against defending himself,
> but
> not until the Crown's first witness had provided details of what was
> found
> during the search of the family's home.
>
> At least 55 firearms, numerous rounds of ammunition, and six sticks of
> dynamite in the family freezer were among the items OPP Det. Const.
> Randy
> Belluz said were seized from the home. This led the police officer to
> later
> describe Montague's character as "paranoid."
>
> This comment angered supporters and family members who made note of the
> fact
> that it's not unusual for a gunsmith and firearms collector to possess
> these
> items, adding that the dynamite was used for clearing a beaver dam and
> many
> of the guns found at that time belonged to customers.
>
> The Dryden man had dozens of supporters in court for the hearing, many
> who
> had little, if anything, to do with firearms. Most of them expressed
> relief
> that Montague would enlist professional help in his bid to get out of
> jail.
>
> For a second attempt at the Show Cause hearing in Kenora on Sept. 20,
> the
> family had retained the services of Thornhill, ON lawyer Edward Burlew.
>
> Burlew, an avid hunter, shooter and gun collector, has traveled all over
>
> Ontario in his 25 years of practice, and has handled a number of weapons
>
> related offences he calls "paper crimes."
>
> "The majority of my clients are middle aged, hard working families who
> have
> had a break-in, fire or medical emergency at their homes, and end up
> with
> charges against them after the police come in and see a firearm," says
> Burlew. "This tells me that gun owners are at high risk of getting into
> trouble with the law."
>
> After going over the details of Montague's case, the lawyer says what
> his
> client is facing is "paper non-compliance charges."
>
> "Bruce has some very strong constitutional arguments on his side," he
> notes.
> "We're going to take this as far as we can."
>
> Montague's team is hoping to prove that these charges under Bill C-68,
> constitute a violation of his rights and freedoms guaranteed under the
> Charter. That may mean a trip to the Supreme Court, but Burlew says his
> client is prepared for the battle.
>
> Many supporters who made the trip to Kenora, hoping to watch that battle
>
> begin were disappointed when Crown attorney Peter Keen and Burlew came
> to an
> agreement involving Montague's release without ever stepping foot in the
>
> courtroom.
>
> At the end of the day, the gunsmith agreed to divulge the location and
> safe
> entry of a secret room in the family home - a room not found during the
> initial 36-hour search.
>
> On the evening of Sept. 20, a second search warrant was executed at the
> Montague's property, and pending the location of numerous firearms still
>
> believed to be in his possession, Montague was to be released in Sioux
> Lookout bail court on Sept. 21.
>
> As of press time, however, the Crown was waiting for the police report
> on
> the second search and indicating that there may be "additional
> concerns."
>
> In the meantime, several Dryden supporters have set up a fund called the
>
> 'Bruce Montague Scrap C-68 Fund' to help the family with legal expenses.
>
> **********
>
> Re: Bruce Montague Scrap C-68 Fund
>
>
> Bruce is going to need all the help possible.
>
> The address for the "Bruce Montague Scrap C-68 Fund" aka "Bruce Montague
> Fund"
> (short title):
>
> Bruce Montague Fund
> RR2 Site 230
> Box 20
> Dryden
> Ontario
> P8N 2Y5
>
> This is the home address of Dryden area bush pilot Dan (The Red) Baron.
>
> The Fund has been established at the Dryden TD Canada Trust.
>
> Dryden residents Dan Baron, Roger Nordlund, and Nesbitt Burns financial
> advisor
> Willie Cheslock are the three directors for the Fund. This fund is
> completely
> separate from CUFOA.
>
> Please be aware that more charges are pending against Bruce. We may have
> the
> opportunity to fight several aspects of the Firearms Act with this one
> case.
>
> Again, thank you very much for helping.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Eduardo

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gunsmith
September 24, 2004, 06:03 PM
millions on craigslist and DU cheer!


I'm staying the heck out of canada!

M1911Owner
September 24, 2004, 06:09 PM
gunsmith, I'm glad to hear that you're out of jail! I guess in the future you should stay away from Canada, and stay in San Francisco where it's nice and safe.


;)

pytron
September 24, 2004, 07:18 PM
At the end of the day, the gunsmith agreed to divulge the location and safe entry of a secret room in the family home - a room not found during the initial 36-hour search.
I need a room like that!

pinblaster
September 24, 2004, 07:38 PM
Aw shure , everybody has a little dynamite in thier freezer . ? ! :confused:

Stickjockey
September 24, 2004, 11:04 PM
Maybe he thought keeping it in the freezer would keep it from sweating?:scrutiny:

angrywalkindude
September 25, 2004, 12:25 AM
Maybe he thought keeping it in the freezer would keep it from sweating?

Will it?

atek3
September 25, 2004, 05:17 AM
man when I saw the title I was like what was gunsmith doing in canada? ahahah more than one 'gunsmith' out there :)

atek3

Tom Bri
September 25, 2004, 11:11 AM
Constitutional rights? Since when do Canadians have constitutional rights? This lawyer needs to go back to school.

WAGCEVP
September 25, 2004, 09:22 PM
Godspeed, Bruce and family and to all our Canadian friends.
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Hello Nancy:

Don forwarded your e-mail to me. You made a very good point. Everyone keeps asking me how I'm doing, and I answer that it's probably been worse for my wife, Donna, and our kids. I know if it was the other way around I'd be worried sick that my wife would be in trouble and out of my reaching hand for aid.

I just realized (just now) that I've now been out for four days. (It seems like yesterday.) My wife and kids are still having problems sleeping at night, and the stress shows in the sometimes agitated way we are interacting. We are a very close family and I'm confident that we will get through this as a family.

I believe that God is on our side, our whole community is on our side (even the anti-gun people), and now we have a tremendous team forming across the country to help in this challenge.


Yours in Liberty, Bruce.



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have purposely put myself into this legal situation in order to try and protect the rights of all Canadians. As a result of the charges laid against me, we (all Canadians) are now in a position to launch a constitutional challenge against our government with respect to our current wasteful firearms laws.
A trust fund has been set up for the legal fees. If you're interested in doing your part to protecting our rights and freedoms, please consider donating generously to this legal fund. I need all the support I can get. - - I can't do it alone.

Bruce Montague Legal Fund
RR2 Site 230
Box 20 Dryden, ON
P8N 2Y5
- Or transfer to account at:
Toronto Dominion Bank
Transit # 6068
Account #5201970

WAGCEVP
September 26, 2004, 10:38 AM
----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2004 4:31 PM
Subject: Update on trust account


Hello all:

I just received an update on the trust account information. It is at the bottom of the signature line (yes, a very long signature line).

People have been asking about direct electronic transfers and that is also at the end of the sig. line. Please do me a favour and let me know if you use the electronic method of donation so that I can keep a list of supporters. (I sincerly want to know who each of you are)



Yours in Liberty, Bruce.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have purposely put myself into this legal situation (with the help of CUFOA) in order to try and protect the rights of all Canadians. As a result of the charges laid against me, we (all Canadians) are now in a position to launch a constitutional challenge against our government with respect to our current wasteful firearms laws.
A trust fund has been set up for the legal fees. If you're interested in doing your part to protecting our rights and freedoms, please consider donating generously to this legal fund. I need all the support I can get. - - I can't do it alone.

Bruce Montague 'Scrap C-68' Legal Fund
RR2 Site 230
Box 20 Dryden, ON
P8N 2Y5
- Or transfer to account at:
Toronto Dominion Bank
Transit # 6068
Account #5201970

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