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Dave Killion — April 23, 2012

Finally, I can get rid of those old crayons!

After a long battle, the Canadian long gun registry has been repealed. When the registry first came into place, many people registered their long guns, and others sold or gave theirs away. There are still others, though, who knew that registration has been a preamble to disarmament as long as there have been tyrannies, and who quietly secreted away their unregistered rifles and shotguns, to await either the end of the registry or the day every normal man has to spit in his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. Happily, those firearms can now be hauled out of storage and put back to peaceful and entertaining use. Canada is a better nation because of this.

I am pleased to report that more and more members of the Victoria LBC have acquired (or are in the process of acquiring) their Canadian Possession and Acquisition licenses for both restricted and non-restricted firearms. It is my earnest hope that they (and you) will all get one. Those of you who are hesitant, squeamish, or simply disinterested may wish to consider that a right which is not exercised is a right which is more easily lost. I imagine if the state were to start mulling over the possibility of increasing restrictions on owning firearms – perhaps even disarmament of the civilian populace – many of you would rush to arm yourselves, despite your misgivings! But getting a license, getting a firearm, and learning to handle the several varieties of firearms takes some time. If you wait too long, it may be too late. Please don’t put it off any longer. It is better to be a knowledgeable firearms owner and not need to be, than the other way around.

As for me, I just might go out soon and enjoy my freedom to get myself a nice, non-restricted, no-registration-required rifle. Maybe something easy to hide.




Ashley Johnston says

Canadian Possession and Acquisition license sounds like it would be administered by the feds. I was under the impression that I would have to go through my provincial government to get such a license, and that it was almost impossible (unless you wore a blue costume).

If I am wrong I will consider giving it a go. Gf will probably beat me to it. But I hate going blindly into a bureaucracy. I would appreciate a rundown of the steps it takes to get a license.

— April 24, 2012

Dave Killion says

You ARE wrong, so let’s get you going!

You will need to take a safety course and pass an exam. There is one of each for both the restricted firearms and the non-restricted firearms. Most people I know take both courses and exams in one weekend, and instructors will often give you a better rate that way. To find an instructor, I suggest you ask at the local hunting/fishing store. They can point you in the right direction.

After completing the exams, which in my experience are graded on the spot and seldom failed, you will have to mail some paperwork including a processing fee and a passport-type photo. At some point you will be phoned and interviewed by an agent of the state, and if all goes well your license will be mailed to you. The whole process is relatively painless, but between waiting for, first, an available course and then, a response from the feds, the whole show can run six months. I recommend you start looking for an instructor immediately, so as not to be like that one guy in our club who keeps saying “I meant to, but I keep forgetting.”

As I often say, I would prefer the government not know if I have guns or not. But if they ARE going to know, I prefer they know that I HAVE guns, rather than knowing that I do not. The more people there are like me, the less likely the state will be to get up to any monkey business. Please keep us apprised of your progress.

— April 24, 2012

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