Dave Killion — December 4, 2010
December 5th is the anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution, repealing Prohibition. This is a good day for Canadians to reflect on the fact that despite Canada being one of the most free countries in the world, liquor regulation is more strict here than it is in some of the most brutal, dictatorial regimes in the world. I hope you will you join me in lifting a glass and celebrating Repeal Day for demonstrating that it is possible to roll back regulation and regain our rights.
More on Repeal Day here.
Dave Killion — December 2, 2010
There was a long time during which I thought that firearms were more or less unobtainable for most Canadians. In fact, they are merely much, much, much more troublesome to get legally than they should be, whereas they should be no more trouble to get than a bottle of wine, if that much. So for those who don’t know, anyone who wishes to possess a firearm has to pay a fee to take a two day course followed by a simple test, and boom! You are licensed to acquire and possess a firearm. There are separate courses for long guns and handguns, and a bunch of nonsense about registering your firearms, but it is all very doable. The point is that you CAN get a license for a firearm, and one day that might not be the case. With that said, let me encourage everyone to get themselves licensed, even if you’re not interested in getting a firearm just yet.
UPDATE – In Victoria, I recommend those interested in getting a license begin by either contacting Island Outfitters or the Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association and asking for contact info for instructors. Let them know what you want to do (possess firearms, hunt, whatever) and they will help you pick a course. I wanted to get a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) for both restricted and non-restricted firearms (primarily handguns and long guns) so I found an instructor who charged me for one course and two tests, You might be able to find something similar. The link for the Canadian Firearms Program is here, but I found speaking to the guys at Island Outfitters was easier and faster than fishing through government websites. Good luck!