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  •  Why Canadian gun ownership does not equal.... (11+ / 0-)

    the number of deaths by guns experienced in the United States:

    Controls, Rules & Regulations to Gun Ownership in Canada:

    In the beginning...there was the PAL. A PAL as it is affectionately referred to it is actually a Possession Acquisition License - the license you need in order to be able to possess and purchase firearms in Canada - it used to be called an FAC - and the old timers still refer to it as such. The two types of PALs for Newbies are:

    Non-restricted - This license allows you to possess and purchase what would essentially be the types of firearms that would be used for hunting (in Canada - no elephants here!).

    Restricted - This license allows you to posses handguns and certain rifles

    The first step to acquiring one of these is to take a Canadian Firearms Safety Course (or its equivalent) and/or the Restricted Canadian Firearms Safety Course

    These courses are meant to familiarize you with the different types of firearms, how they function, how to handle and store them safely, as well as make you aware of all the rules and regulations that accompany the responsibility of owning firearms in Canada.

    In many cases the Instructor will have you fill out the required paperwork to process your license application(s) once you've passed the exam(s) and submit the paperwork for you.   Once your application has been submitted you have to sit back and wait for the government to process their background checks and your application.


    Buying Your first Firearm... The process that you go through when buying a firearm differs from dealer to dealer and province to province. The best thing to do is to identify a dealer in your area - go visit them and ask questions. If you are buying a restricted firearm - there may very well be a delay between the time you purchase it and the time you can take it home.

    HUNTING...If you are intending to hunt you will also need to take a Hunter's Education course - you can get instructor information from most of the instructors that teach the PAL courses. Hunter's Ed courses differ from Province to Province.

    TARGET SHOOTING...You have Restricted PAL and now what do you do? In order to use a restricted firearm you will need an Authorization to Transport (ATT). This allows you to take your firearms to and from the shooting range. In order to get one - you need to belong to a club. Many times your instructor will be able to give you a list of clubs in your area that are taking new members.

    Storage: Non-restricted firearms

    Attach a secure locking device, such as a trigger lock or cable lock (or remove the bolt) so the firearms cannot be fired; or Lock the firearms in a cabinet, container or room that is difficult to break into.

    Restricted and prohibited firearms

    Attach a secure locking device so the firearms cannot be fired and lock them in a cabinet, container or room that is difficult to break into; or Lock the firearms in a vault, safe or room that was built or modified specifically to store firearms safely.

    For automatic firearms, also remove the bolts or bolt carriers (if removable) and lock them in a separate room that is difficult to break into.

    Transporting Firearms Safely

    Non-restricted firearms

    Non-restricted firearms must be unloaded during transportation.

    Restricted and prohibited firearms
    Unload the firearms; and attach secure locking devices to the firearms; and lock the firearms in a sturdy, non-transparent container; and remove the bolts or bolt carriers from any automatic firearms (if removable). Obtain an Authorization to Transport

    Leaving Any Class of Firearm in an Unattended Vehicle

    Lock non-restricted firearms and locked containers carrying restricted or prohibited firearms in the trunk or in a similar lockable compartment.

    If the vehicle does not have a trunk or lockable compartment, put firearms and firearm containers out of sight inside the vehicle and lock the vehicle.

    If you are in a remote wilderness area and cannot lock your non-restricted firearms inside your vehicle, unload them and put them out of sight. Attach a secure locking device to the firearms unless they are needed for predator control.

    Displaying Firearms Safely

    Unload and lock your firearms!
    Ammunition cannot be displayed with, or accessible to, the firearms.

    Non-restricted firearms

    Attach secure locking devices to the firearms; or
    Lock the firearms in a cabinet, container or room that is difficult to break into.

    Restricted and prohibited firearms

    Attach secure locking devices to the firearms; and
    Securely attach them to something that cannot be moved.
    For automatic firearms, also remove the bolts or bolt carriers (if removable) and lock them in a separate room that is difficult to break into.

    These are the laws for gun ownership in Canada.  Does the RKBA, NRA and other gun advocacy groups support such laws being introduced into the United States?

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:09:48 PM PST

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    •  What does that have to do (11+ / 0-)

      with painting a whole group of people as not able to:

      acknowledge that with gun ownership comes enormous responsibility to ensure their right to have a gun does not threaten the safety or lives of others
    •  Canadian violent crime is low period. (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      FrankRose, fuzzyguy, Wolf10, gerrilea

      Half the assaults, sixty percent of the robberies.  

    •  Liberal Canuck, sorry for the late reply. (0+ / 0-)

      I've had a couple of busy days, and only now (friday morning) had a chance to duck-in and see your comment.

      I see three items, which I question.

      1) ATT.
      Defined as transporting to the chosen firing range.
      Makes no mention of use of your owned property, such as a hunting camp.

      2) Storage requirements.  
      Upon reading, if a functional firearm is in your possession, outside of a licensed range, or upon designated hunting grounds - you're charged with a criminal offense.
      So if criminally attacked, Dial 9-1-1 and do nothing?

      The exception would be for "predator protection".
      Which from my understanding, is defined most commonly as  a shotgun used in-case-of Bear attacks

      3) Sum total of gun regulations is what precludes criminal misuse.
      A summation which ignores other factors in Canada.
      Canadians as a polyglot are more homogenous.  I realize the polyglot is a contentious issue for some; by the by, most Canadians live in proximity to others like themselves.
      You don't find a concentration of Scottish ex-Nova's living in Alberta amidst the Metis, causing friction.
      Same for the Quebecois.  Who insulate the Maritimes from Ontario.
      Upper Canadians who view the Maritimes as a pesky child who won't move out of the house and become self-sufficient.  BC and the rest of the West, certainly have strife with Ottawa and the East - but they're not doing so in neighborhoods of Toronto.
      Until the arrest of Marc Emory, I felt you folks were doing a smarter job on the issues of marijuana and drugs in general.
      National Health.  Psychological services.
      There's a list, beyond gun laws, which yield positive results.

      A fact not known to many here, heavily armed Switzerland has two national emergency numbers for Psychological Support.  One for adults, one for minor children and youth.
      They also have an cultural attitude regarding use of guns, where the use of any gun in a criminal fashion (being closely affiliated with military service) results in severe criminal penalties.

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