The BCWF Does Not Support Bill C-71

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Bill C-71 Firearms Act Amendments

The BCWF Does Not Support Bill C-71
Amendments to the Firearms Act

Here is a brief overview of what Bill C-71 Amendments to the Canadian Firearms Act means to you:

  • Background checks for criminal violence and any mental illness will be conducted over the life of the individual, not the previous five year period.
  • Both business and private sales of all firearms are subject to computerized license verification. Non-Restricted firearms transfers will not have the information regarding the firearm recorded.
  • Businesses are required to keep records which will include the individual’s information and all information regarding the firearm(s) transferred. The business must keep the records for 20 years unless the business ceases to be a business. In that case all records must be surrendered to the authorities.
  • Authorizations to Transport have been gutted. The only permitted uses are to shooting ranges and Purchase-to-Home, but will still include “all ranges in province”. All currently held ATTs will be revoked on passage of Bill 71.
  • RCMP completes an extensive background check taking into account criminal, addiction, domestive violence and mental health records
  • All of the Swiss Arms Classic series and all CZ-858s will be made 12(9) Prohibited. The owners of these rifles will be Grandfathered and permitted to transport to a range for the purposes of target shooting.
  • The power of the Governing Council to declare any firearm to be Non-Restricted has been revoked. The Governing Council may still be used to declare any firearms to be restricted or prohibited.
  • UN Firearms Marking will be issued in a Technical amendment

Learn More about Bill C-71

Download BCWF’s Comments and Questions on Bill C-71 >>

View BCWF’s Request for Participation in Committee on Bill C-71 >>

View the Verification of License Backgrounder C-71 >>

Download the Bill That was Tabled in the House of Commons Below >>

Click Here to Learn More about Bill C-71 -An Act to Amend Certain Acts and Regulations in relation to Firearms


1) CLICK HERE TO Download a template letter for you to easily format, email or mail off to Minister Ralph Goodale
2) Email your letters to
3) Mail your Letters to:

The Honourable Ralph Goodale,

Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 We also urge you to

4) Find your MP and Book a Meeting with them to talk about why you oppose Bill C-17.

Example of Letter:

Your Name 
Your Address Here
Your Address Here

March xx, 2018
The Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6


Dear Minister Goodale,

Re:  Withdrawal of Bill C-71

I am writing to you today to request that you withdraw Bill C-71.

It is my view that Bill C-71 is an unnecessary blatant imposition on law abiding Canadian gun owners that will do nothing to reduce crime and make Canadians safer. If anything, it will make otherwise law-abiding Canadians potential criminals as a result of arbitrary and unpredictable decisions by the RCMP.

I suggest that rather than impose more unnecessary laws on law abiding citizens who own guns that you invest in meaningful actions to prevent the importation of illegal drugs and guns into Canada, and the deportation of convicted criminals and terrorists out of Canada.

Such an effort would be a far better investment and provide meaningful outcomes in terms of the public attitude to firearms rather than equating them with criminals.

In closing, I respectively request you not to proceed with legislation that unnecessarily impacts Canada’s law-abiding firearms owners and does little to improve public safety.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.



Insert your name here

CC: Right Hon. Justin Trudeau
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2

Insert name of your MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6


On 2018-08-16 3:14 PM, alan dosenberger wrote:
Good afternoon wally
I was wondering what all the nelson rod and gun club is doing to help block bill c-71? Specially now that all handguns and semi-autos are now on the chopping block. Personally i think a group email from members of the club to our mp and to the pm and gooddale would help show our opposition to a bill that merely was put out too garner votes at the expense  of law abiding citizens.  If that sounds like something you think the club would be up for doing.

Thanks you for read and hope to hear back from you
Alan dosenberger