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Automated meter reading systems make life easy for intruders October 20, 2012 by Nancy Owano report Automated meter reading systems make life easy for intruders Enlarge An aerial view of the neighborhood where the researchers performed their eavesdropping experiments. Each blue triangle or red star represents a group of four or ?ve meters mounted in a cluster on an exterior wall. Using an LNA and a 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna, they were able to monitor all meters in the neighborhood. Some sni?ed meters may be out of the scope of this view. Credit: Ishtiaq Rouf et al. (Phys.org)?Intruders of the break-in and snooping variety have their work cut out for them by just picking up wireless signals that are broadcast by utility meters, say researchers from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, IEEE and Rutgers. As with many other technological advances that bring new pathways for criminals, advances in meters have created concerns about intrusions. Millions of analogue meters to measure water, gas and electricity consumption have been replaced by automated meter reading (AMR) in the U.S. The newer method enables devices to broadcast readings by radio every 30 seconds for utility company employees to read as they walk or drive around with a receiver. Ads by Google Smart AMI/AMR Solutions - Smart metering solutions for municipalities and utilities - www.muellersystems.com Intruders can tune into the same information, however, according to Ishtiaq Rouf and his colleagues, authors of a paper that delivers a security analysis of AMR systems. More than 40 million meters in the United States have been equipped with AMR technology over the past years. The smart meters collect energy consumption data which could reveal sensitive personal information from homes, they said. Because energy usage often drops to near zero when a house is empty, the readings could be used to identify which owners are at work or traveling. Their work shows that currently deployed AMR systems are vulnerable to spoofing attacks and privacy breaches. The research was presented earlier this week at the 19th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, which ran from October 16 to 18 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The AMR meters that they studied make data publicly available over unsecured wireless transmissions. "They use a basic frequency hopping wireless communication protocol and show no evidence of attempting to ensure con?dentiality, integrity, and authenticity of the data," added the research team. They picked up transmissions from AMR meters operated by companies. They said that the communication protocol can be reverse-engineered with only a few days of e?ort. They made use of radio equipment and information available through online tutorials. They used software radio equipment publicly available for about $1,000 (GNU Radio with the Universal Software Radio Peripheral). "We were able to both eavesdrop on messages as well as spoof messages to falsify the reading captured by a commonly used 'walk-by' reader," they said. Through wireless monitoring, they harvested consumption data from 485 meters within a 300m radius region. As remedies, the authors suggested alternative schemes based on defensive jamming, which they said may be easier to deploy than upgrading meters themselves. Jamming could protect against the leakage of legacy devices and requires no modi?cation of the deployed meters. More information: Research paper: www.winlab.rutgers.edu/~gruteser/papers/fp023-roufPS.pdf

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Breaking News: Congratulations to Andrew Scheer!

Team CSSA sends its congratulations and best wishes to Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer as he takes on the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Mr. Scheer, who was key-note speaker at the CSSA's Stick to Your Guns dinner last month in Saskatoon, is a good friend of the firearms community.

We look forward to working with Mr. Scheer on a number of firearm issues over the coming months and years. 



COMMENTARY: IF LICENSED GUN OWNERS ARE SO DANGEROUS, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?

Despite the salacious headline and implied fear-mongering from the CBC’s recent article (below), the rise in restricted firearm ownership in Canada is due to the growing popularity of handgun shooting at authorized ranges.

“The growth of the shooting sports in both young people and women accounts for much of the rise in handgun ownership in recent years,” says CSSA Executive Director Tony Bernardo. He points to a recent “Guns and Gals” shooting night hosted by media personality Faith Goldy.

“Ninety percent of them, probably even more, were first-time shooters. They loved it. The quickest growing market in the firearms community – right now – are females,” Goldy said.

The event was sold out overnight, introducing 150 women to the shooting sports in a single evening.

“Give your heads a shake and learn about Canadian gun owners and Canadian gun laws. Don't let ignorance, fear and prejudice control you. If you get an opportunity to go shooting at a gun range, go. You will quickly realize the reason that gun ownership is on the rise. It's because it is a fun, safe activity,” said Ned Logan, commenting on the CBC story.

Legally owning firearms in Canada is no simple feat, nor is it instantaneous or overnight. An individual must first take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass its written and practical tests. Then, if they want to own restricted firearms, such as handguns, they must also take the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course and pass its written and practical tests as well. Then comes an RCMP background check, a reference check and a waiting period. The entire process can take more than six months and cost roughly $500.

Those who dislike firearms and firearm owners all make the same mistake. They conflate law-abiding firearm owners with violent criminals who misuse guns.

When the Coalition for Gun Control's Wendy Cukier states, “A million restricted and prohibited firearms in this country suggests that handguns are much more readily available than many Canadians know,” she’s deceitfully (and happily) sewing misinformation.

Handguns are no more readily available today than they were two decades ago when the 1995 Firearms Act came into force. The exact same rules apply to purchasing a handgun today as they did back then. To say otherwise is simply dishonest.

The facts are available in the RCMP’s 2016 Commissioner of Firearms report, in black and white, not the shades of grey Ms. Cukier would like Canadians to believe.

As of December 31, 2016, 2,076,840 Canadians held Possession and Acquisition Licenses, and 406,592 of those were new licensees or renewals, although the report did not differentiate between the two.

Of the 3,820 firearm license refusals, only 36 were for domestic violence. Based on the total number of firearm licensees, the total of license refusals is 0.000018 percent.

Of the 2,223 firearm license revocations, only 66 were for domestic violence. That is just 0.00000317 percent of licensed firearm owners.

While we can all agree that no level of domestic violence is acceptable and must be prevented by all practical means, what these numbers prove is licensed firearm owners are exactly what we’ve said they are for decades: Canada’s most law-abiding citizens.

Canadians with Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licences (PAL) are less than one-third as likely to commit murder as other Canadians according to firearm researcher Dr. Gary Mauser (2012).

“Lawful gun owners are the most peaceful, law abiding people in Canada. We are 1/3 as likely as a non-gun owner and 1/2 as likely as a cop to ever be the perpetrator of illegal violence,” says Dr. Mike Ackermann, a family physician and former member of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee.

Equating violent criminals with law-abiding gun owners is absurd. It’s like claiming a chicken is a cow. They are two entirely different entities that have no correlation at all.

The reality of law-abiding gun owners’ culture of safety doesn’t sell newspapers nor does it fill donation jars for anti-gun groups, hence the need to attempt to fuse us with violent criminals who use guns.

For example, the two murderers who shot Leonard Pinnock on April 21 as he sat in his car in a Toronto parking lot do not have firearm licences, did not legally own the handguns they used to kill Pinnock, did not transport those firearms according to the Transportation Regulations, nor would the Ontario Chief Firearms Officer grant them an Authorization to Transport their handguns to the parking lot even if they did have licences.

These two murderers are violent criminals and the full weight of the law should be used to end their criminal lifestyles.

To associate these murderers with Canada’s 2,076,840 licensed and responsible firearm owners is disingenuous and insulting.

Sources:

Breaking News: Congratulations to Andrew Scheer!

Team CSSA sends its congratulations and best wishes to Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer as he takes on the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Mr. Scheer, who was key-note speaker at the CSSA's Stick to Your Guns dinner last month in Saskatoon, is a good friend of the firearms community.

We look forward to working with Mr. Scheer on a number of firearm issues over the coming months and years. 



COMMENTARY: IF LICENSED GUN OWNERS ARE SO DANGEROUS, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?

Despite the salacious headline and implied fear-mongering from the CBC’s recent article (below), the rise in restricted firearm ownership in Canada is due to the growing popularity of handgun shooting at authorized ranges.

“The growth of the shooting sports in both young people and women accounts for much of the rise in handgun ownership in recent years,” says CSSA Executive Director Tony Bernardo. He points to a recent “Guns and Gals” shooting night hosted by media personality Faith Goldy.

“Ninety percent of them, probably even more, were first-time shooters. They loved it. The quickest growing market in the firearms community – right now – are females,” Goldy said.

The event was sold out overnight, introducing 150 women to the shooting sports in a single evening.

“Give your heads a shake and learn about Canadian gun owners and Canadian gun laws. Don't let ignorance, fear and prejudice control you. If you get an opportunity to go shooting at a gun range, go. You will quickly realize the reason that gun ownership is on the rise. It's because it is a fun, safe activity,” said Ned Logan, commenting on the CBC story.

Legally owning firearms in Canada is no simple feat, nor is it instantaneous or overnight. An individual must first take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass its written and practical tests. Then, if they want to own restricted firearms, such as handguns, they must also take the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course and pass its written and practical tests as well. Then comes an RCMP background check, a reference check and a waiting period. The entire process can take more than six months and cost roughly $500.

Those who dislike firearms and firearm owners all make the same mistake. They conflate law-abiding firearm owners with violent criminals who misuse guns.

When the Coalition for Gun Control's Wendy Cukier states, “A million restricted and prohibited firearms in this country suggests that handguns are much more readily available than many Canadians know,” she’s deceitfully (and happily) sewing misinformation.

Handguns are no more readily available today than they were two decades ago when the 1995 Firearms Act came into force. The exact same rules apply to purchasing a handgun today as they did back then. To say otherwise is simply dishonest.

The facts are available in the RCMP’s 2016 Commissioner of Firearms report, in black and white, not the shades of grey Ms. Cukier would like Canadians to believe.

As of December 31, 2016, 2,076,840 Canadians held Possession and Acquisition Licenses, and 406,592 of those were new licensees or renewals, although the report did not differentiate between the two.

Of the 3,820 firearm license refusals, only 36 were for domestic violence. Based on the total number of firearm licensees, the total of license refusals is 0.000018 percent.

Of the 2,223 firearm license revocations, only 66 were for domestic violence. That is just 0.00000317 percent of licensed firearm owners.

While we can all agree that no level of domestic violence is acceptable and must be prevented by all practical means, what these numbers prove is licensed firearm owners are exactly what we’ve said they are for decades: Canada’s most law-abiding citizens.

Canadians with Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licences (PAL) are less than one-third as likely to commit murder as other Canadians according to firearm researcher Dr. Gary Mauser (2012).

“Lawful gun owners are the most peaceful, law abiding people in Canada. We are 1/3 as likely as a non-gun owner and 1/2 as likely as a cop to ever be the perpetrator of illegal violence,” says Dr. Mike Ackermann, a family physician and former member of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee.

Equating violent criminals with law-abiding gun owners is absurd. It’s like claiming a chicken is a cow. They are two entirely different entities that have no correlation at all.

The reality of law-abiding gun owners’ culture of safety doesn’t sell newspapers nor does it fill donation jars for anti-gun groups, hence the need to attempt to fuse us with violent criminals who use guns.

For example, the two murderers who shot Leonard Pinnock on April 21 as he sat in his car in a Toronto parking lot do not have firearm licences, did not legally own the handguns they used to kill Pinnock, did not transport those firearms according to the Transportation Regulations, nor would the Ontario Chief Firearms Officer grant them an Authorization to Transport their handguns to the parking lot even if they did have licences.

These two murderers are violent criminals and the full weight of the law should be used to end their criminal lifestyles.

To associate these murderers with Canada’s 2,076,840 licensed and responsible firearm owners is disingenuous and insulting.

Sources:


COMMENTARY: British Columbia shuts shooting down ? Learn from mistakes made there before it?s too late for you!

On April 5, 2017, B.C.?s recreational shooters suffered a huge setback. The Government of British Columbia shut down shooting "within 400 metres of select roads on non-municipal Crown land within the Fraser Valley Regional District."

Why? Partly because target shooters were too lazy to clean up after themselves and partly because the B.C. government could no longer turn a blind eye to their atrocious and increasingly dangerous behaviour.

Shooters who ignore these new shooting restrictions will face fines of up to $50,000 and six months in jail for a first offence, and as much as a $100,000 fine and a year in jail for subsequent convictions.

At the end of the day, shooters have nobody to blame but themselves. Before we hop up on our high moral horses, we?d best examine our shooting areas on Crown land first. If they look like garbage dumps of spent casings, then we best clean up our act before other provincial governments follow B.C.?s lead and shut down our cherished shooting spots.

For decades, recreational shooters in the lower mainland used old gravel pits on Crown land as makeshift target shooting ranges. The problem is that not all those shooters were responsible. Many were too lazy and irresponsible to clean up after themselves, so these gravel pits became garbage dumps of spent brass and shattered targets of all shapes and sizes. Burned sofas and shot-up appliances littered the ground alongside thousands of spent shell casings.

Some of these supposedly responsible gun owners also shot up road signs and cabins in B.C.?s rural lower mainland, adding to the problem. Some others allegedly went so far as to shoot at people and passing vehicles as though it was their God-given right to do whatever they pleased.

?It?s not unusual for homeowners to find bullet holes in their windows and cars, while hikers, campers, and boaters have reported near misses with target shooters. We look forward to working with the Province to ensure the [Fraser Valley] continues to be a destination of choice for responsible outdoor enthusiasts, while cracking down on those who would choose to abuse and desecrate our wild places,? wrote Jason Lum, chairperson of the Fraser Valley Regional District.

That nobody was killed by such irresponsible gun owners is a miracle. These are the types of gun owners that give us all a bad name. Worse, we cannot claim high moral ground when we abuse public land and endanger our fellow citizens.

Ultimately, the government deemed target shooters are too irresponsible to use Crown land.

Take a look at the map issued by the B.C. government, showing all the areas where recreational shooting is no longer permitted. You will be shocked at the length and breadth of the restrictions.

http://www.fvrd.ca/assets/Government/Documents/NoShootingAreas.pdf

You can, of course, imagine the righteous indignation and outrage when the B.C. government announced the closure of these Crown lands to shooting.

The reality is government will act when citizens refuse to manage themselves appropriately. When we refuse to police ourselves, we cannot be surprised when government steps in to do it for us.

This decision was literally decades in the making. Many shooters online expressed their surprise that it took this long for the government to shut down recreational shooting in the lower mainland. Many more said they filled garbage bags with spent shells and shattered targets, cans and bottles every time they went shooting. But it was always someone else?s garbage and spent shells, and there was always a new pile each time they went out.

Learn from the mistakes of a generation of B.C. shooters who were too lazy and irresponsible to clean up after themselves. It?s a hard lesson. Think it might sound rude to talk about our fellow shooters this way? It?s not. We must look ourselves square in the mirror and take responsibility for our poor behaviour.

Had these gun owners acted responsibly all these years, they would not have forced the Government of British Columbia to take this drastic step. But they didn?t act responsibly so the B.C. government did so on their behalf.

As an organization that promotes responsible shooting, we regret that the B.C. government was forced to take these measures.

It?s too late for B.C. shooters in greater Vancouver and in the Fraser Valley. They?ve lost the right to shoot on Crown land, and they will never get it back.

But it?s not too late for shooters in the rest of the country to learn from their mistakes. Before your province strips you of the right to shoot on Crown land too, clean up your act.

Grab a few buddies and go clean up the gravel pit where you target practice. Make a family event out of it ? a teaching experience for your children.

As responsible gun owners, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts, it is our duty to leave our outdoor areas cleaner than when we arrived. To be sure, responsibility is not just a buzzword.

References:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FLNR0073-001092
http://www.fvrd.ca/assets/Government/Documents/NoShootingAreas.pdf
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Last week, the SFSS decreed ? out of the blue ? that all magazines designed for the innocuous Ruger 10/22 rifle which hold more than 10 rounds of .22 long rifle ammunition, are now ?prohibited devices?.


Unlike the little Ruger, this is no small thing. A conviction for the possession of a prohibited device carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison! That?s a pretty harsh sentence for anyone who, like thousands of CSSA members, has lawfully owned +10-round Ruger 10/22 magazines for over 30 years.

The RCMP?s rationale for this decree? The magazines for the 10/22 rifle also fit the Ruger .22 Charger pistol and, therefore, they must be banned. However, the CSSA believes the RCMP?s judgment is impaired because of the rationale used to justify its decision.

The RCMP claims that ?10/22 platform magazines are designed and/or manufactured for both rifles and handguns.? This claim is patently and verifiably false.

How can a magazine designed for the Ruger 10/22 rifle ? decades before Ruger's Charger pistol came into being in 2007 ? possibly be ?designed for handguns??

The RATIONAL answer is obvious. The magazine was NOT designed for handguns. However, rational doesn?t appear to be a common commodity at the SFSS, hence our request to the Prime Minister to begin drug testing there ? effective immediately.

When the RCMP decides with the stroke of its bureaucratic pen to arbitrarily turn hundreds of thousands of Canadians into criminals facing a potential 10 years in prison, we have to believe that the SFSS crew must be high on mind-altering substances or worse, simply crazy.

The following is transcribed directly from a recorded conversation with the RCMP Firearms Centre:

Question: Were .22 long rifle magazines originally designed for rifles?

Answer: No. A .22 long rifle calibre magazine designed for Ruger 10/22 platform rifles are also inherently designed for the handgun, for which magazines are prohibited.

The first thought that springs to mind is to question the use of the words 10/22 ?platform?. This is a set-up to go after other firearm magazines by declaring different firearms to be the same because they were based on a similar ?platform?. It seems that the SFSS lab techs never get tired of stoking the fires of animosity. By establishing this premise: ?although certain firearms are different, any commonality makes them the same,? it is guaranteed to lead to more prohibitions.

The insertion of the word ?inherently? is also problematic. Like being pregnant, a magazine either is or is not designed for a specific firearm. That a magazine fits into another firearm that it was never designed for ? as is the case with the Ruger Charger pistol (and the bolt-action Ruger 77/22 rifle, the SR-22 auto-loading rifle and the Ruger 96/22 lever action) ? is incidental and should not send someone to prison for 10 years.

Since the magazines were developed decades before the pistol was, it is very apparent that these other firearms were designed for the 10/22 magazine ? not the magazine being designed for these firearms.

The Charger pistol was built on the 10/22 rifle frame. If you took the stock and barrel off a Charger pistol, you could conceivably attach them to any Ruger 10/22 rifle.

Does that unlikely possibility magically transform all Ruger 10/22 rifles into pistols and change their classification from non-restricted to restricted?

Of course not. That would be absurd. Just as absurd is the RCMP?s whim to classify over ONE MILLION Ruger 10/22 magazines (imported over 30 plus years) with a capacity greater than 10 rounds as prohibited devices, thereby subjecting hundreds of thousands of Canadians to a potential 10-year prison sentence.

If the folks making that decision were in the grips of ?reefer madness?, we at the CSSA want to know. We hope a literal definition of ?sober? second thought might be applied to this decision. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are being seriously wronged by the RCMP?s refusal to obey the same laws demanded of us law-abiding gun owners.

The law says magazines are adjudicated based upon the firearm for which they were designed.

The SFSS needs to quit torquing the law to suit their personal interpretations. The staff there is simply making fools of themselves.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Hang in there! We are currently examining several options with our sister organizations and members of the industry, and we will need your participation. An announcement of our actions will come within the next few days. 

Meanwhile, write a letter (paper is best, but email works) expressing your outrage to the Prime Minister of Canada, The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau; to the Public Safety Minister, the Hon. Ralph Goodale; and, of course, to your own federal Member of Parliament.

Please don?t waste time with petitions. Direct communication is the only sure fire route.

Express (politely) how you feel about another unwarranted attack on our community by the seemingly incompetent SFSS firearms? lab, and request that steps be taken to reverse this attempt to turn hundreds of thousands of Canadians into instant criminals. 

You can find the contact information for MPs and Minsters here: 

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

 

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COMMENTARY ? IS BILL S-223 A
DANGEROUS "TROJAN HORSE?"  TAKE ACTION NOW!  write a letter agains S-223

She's baaaack. Just when you thought it was safe to go into the Senate of Canada, along comes Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette with the newest incarnation of her Draconian anti-gun bill, now called Bill S-223.

This is the latest of several legislative introductions the honourable Senator has made to inflict a wicked piece of garbage on Canadians.

The bill would change the "Restricted" category to "Circumscribed" (cutting off the flash hider of your AR-15?), prohibit all firearms except a VERY narrow range of hunting firearms and ?localize? the prohibition of resticted firearms. In other words, that's centralized lock up of some of your guns and destruction of the rest.

ALL SEMI-AUTOS OF ALL TYPES (except .22s) WOULD BE RESTRICTED/ PROHIBITED.

As well, no one would be allowed to move circumscribed (restricted/prohibited) guns except approved ?Transporters.? Of course, these would be made up of highly trained, untouchable and steely-eyed folks ? like Canada Post, but even better.

Guns would not be ?registered? but ?inscribed.? Says the good Senator: ?You can appreciate
that the terms ?registration? and ?registered? have been used so often that we
simply thought that using the term ?inscription? would eliminate some anxiety.
I think that using the term inscription does not evoke feelings of fear?"

Yes, it's true, she really does think you are that stupid.

Seemingly, she also thinks the media and the rest of Canadians are stupid enough to be fooled by this childish attempt at deceit.

The Senator also states: ?The firearm death rate in the United States, a country with very weak
gun control laws, was 10.3 per 100,000 population in 2011. That amounts to 32,163 deaths in one year, according to the National Vital Statistic Reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That would be the number of deaths if 20 towers, like those of the World Trade Center, were to collapse every year in the United States. There were 2,977 victims on
September 11, 2001.?

Apparently she failed arithmetic too.

Twenty World Trade Center tragedies would total 59,540, not 32,163. She also quotes the U.S. example as proof that Canada is different because of our gun control while failing to recognize that as the numbers of U.S. firearms goes up, violent crime with firearms goes down. Apparently
the Senator's facts only go in one direction and her prowess in deciphering and analyzing social trends and dangers is only dwarfed by her considerable mathematics skills.

As the last pail of stupid gets thrown into the tub, all restricted/prohibited would be forbidden to transfer.

There's a lot more too. Some 76 pages of legalese gobbledygook to decipher, but we are on it!

The bill cannot receive second reading until the Liberals and the Conservatives speak to the bill. The Liberals are set to speak on April 19 and the Conservative are TBA, but we are watching this closely. Bill S-223 has had a HUGE amount of work put into its creation. It took a number of Department of Justice lawyers a few months of work to create this one  and that is very concerning.

We will be listening to the Liberal's statement on the bill, anxious to hear if their promise to not create a gun registry meant that it was okay to create an ?inscription registry.? If this bill passes second reading, we go to war!

Stay tuned, polish your armour and sharpen your swords.

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LOOKING FOR A REGIONAL COORDINATOR

The CSSA is looking for a Regional Coordinator. This is an full-time
entry-level clerical position.

Duties include providing communications and logistic support for
CSSA's field people and performing clerical duties as required.

The successful applicant must be able to work well with others in
a wide variety of situations, be adaptable to changing situations and have
excellent telephone/email manners.

Light (Microsoft) computer/Internet skills are necessary as is the
ability to multitask, organize and prioritize. Bilingualism is a huge asset as
is a Possession and Acquisition License.

Geographic location in and around Durham Region is preferred. If
you think you would like to be part of Team CSSA, please contact Heather
McConaghy at [email protected].

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CSSA 2016 Annual General Meeting Update

The 2016 Canadian Shooting Sports Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for May 14, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, Salon ABC in Oshawa, Ontario.

TThe following is information on the voting procedures and ballots.


Voting and Proxy Procedures ? To ensure that all members have an opportunity to vote at the AGM, we use the following proceedur s in relation to ballots and proxies. Your ballot/proxy will
be mailed to you or you may download it from our website: HERE.

You may send in your ballot by mail, fax or email. It also asks whether you will assign your proxy to the Chair of the meeting (usually the President) or to someone else who will be in
attendance. It also gives you the option of instructing your proxy to vote in a
specific manner if you wish.

Important Note ? All ballot/proxy forms must be received at the CSSA office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016 to be valid. No proxies will be accepted after that date (including
at the AGM meeting). These may be mailed into the office. Faxes and scans of
the original document will also be accepted.


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Have you ever seen a government program the Indian bureaucracy does not like?
An other excuse to suck more money while doing absolutely nothing useful!


Assembly of First Nations says community needs its own long-gun registry

Hearings into the province's proposed long-gun registry began Wednesday afternoon in Quebec City

The Canadian Press Posted: Mar 23, 2016 9:11 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016 9:12 PM ET 

Aboriginal communities should consider creating their own long-gun registry separate from the database the provincial government plans on setting up, said the heads of First Nations communities on Wednesday.
Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of Wendake, and Ghislain Picard, chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, testified during the first day of hearings into Quebec's long-gun registry bill.

Sioui said the old registry ? abolished in 2012 by the federal Conservative government ? was "a complete failure" for aboriginal communities.

He said up to 75 per cent of aboriginal long-gun owners didn't comply with the old law and were criminalized as a result.

Sioui said First Nations communities in Quebec are better placed than the provincial government to ensure their citizens register firearms.

"It would give us a form of dignity," Sioui said. "It implicates us, gives us responsibility and the ability to walk around with our head high and engage with you on a nation-to-nation basis. We have reached a point where we can be a partner. A serious and credible partner.?

In December, Quebec tabled a bill to create its own registry for firearms used for hunting and sport shooting.

Restricted and prohibited firearms in Canada ? such as automatic rifles and handguns ? must be registered with the RCMP.

Non-restricted guns, known as long-guns, do not need to be registered anymore since the Conservatives abolished the database several years ago.

The federal government at the time claimed the long-gun registry was a waste of money, stigmatized responsible gun owners and did little to improve safety.
Quebec fought the Tories all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada in order to receive the data related to Quebec long-gun owners but lost.

Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said he appreciated that native people in isolated communities might have a difficult time complying with the proposed law but added the registry will be "simple and easy" to use ? and free.

Coiteux added that penalties for non-compliance will be civil and not criminal.


Meanwhile in a galaxy far, far away ?
West Virginia Lawmakers Override Veto: Permitless Carry ?Becomes Law In 90 Days?

On March 4, the West Virginia House voted to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin?s (D) veto of permitless carry legislation and on Saturday, March 5, the West Virginia Senate followed suit.

When Tomblin vetoed the legislation?House Bill 4145?he released the following statement:

West Virginia?s law enforcement officers have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe and helping us in times of need, and it?s disheartening that the members of the Legislature have chosen not to stand with these brave men and women ? putting their safety and the safety of West Virginians at risk. It?s unfortunate that the concerns of officers from every law enforcement branch in the state, including the West Virginia State Police and university campus police officers, have been ignored by today?s action.

But lawmakers who view the requirement of a concealed carry license as a burden on the exercise of Second Amendment rights saw things differently. WSAZ 3 reports that the Senate override the veto by a vote of 23-11.

The override means persons 21-year-old or older who are not barred from gun possession will be able to carry a gun without permit and persons 18-20 years of age will be able to get a concealed carry permit to carry a gun.

Permitless concealed carry ?now becomes law in 90 days.?

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at [email protected].


Meanwhile in a galaxy far, far away part II
Iowa Becomes 42nd State to Legalize Firearm Suppressors ( How times have changed - When I was a kid in France, a 100 years ago, it seems, if you bought a 22 , it was not only legal, but recommended, that you buy a silencer so you would not disturb the neighbours while practicing in your basement - Absolutely true ! And 22 handguns were available without any sort of paper work !) 


On March 31 Governor Terry Branstad (R) signed the Hearing Protection Act, making Iowa the 42nd state to legalize the sale and possession of suppressors for firearms.
Breitbart News previously reported that the Hearing Protection Act passed  the Senate by a vote of 46-4 and passed the House by a vote of 78-21.

The measure revolved around the facts that suppressors reduce damage to hearing by reducing decibel levels. They also serve to increase accuracy by ?by reducing felt recoil and shot ?flinch.?? These things benefit new shooters, and the noise reduction also benefits people who live close to areas where target practice is regularly conducted.

The act was opposed by Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action, but to no avail. The NRA-ILA?s Chris Cox expounded:

The good people of Iowa were not misled by the lies out-of-state gun control groups were spreading in Iowa. This law will make it easier for Iowa?s gun owners to protect their hearing with the proven technology of firearm suppressors.  Suppressors also reduce noise complaints at ranges. People in the shooting sports take safety seriously and want to be good neighbors.

Cox added, ?Time and again we?ve seen the Bloomberg-funded gun control groups try to push their extreme political agenda on America?s law-abiding gun owners. But, they have neither the facts nor the American people on their side.?


You will not read that in the Gloat and Wail? ! Where are the ?If it saves one life morons? when it REALLY saves some life?
Customer with concealed carry permit fatally shoots ax-wielding attacker at 7-Eleven

Published March 14, 2016 

Customer shoots and kills ax-wielding attacker at 7-Eleven

A customer at a 7-Eleven store outside Seattle shot and killed a masked man who attacked a clerk with an ax early Sunday

Investigators said the shooting happened at the store in White Center at approximately 5:45 a.m. local time. Witnesses said the man entered the store and swung a hatchet toward the customer before turning his attention to the clerk. 

As the assailant attacked, the customer pulled out a pistol and fired, hitting the suspect. The clerk suffered minor injuries to his stomach and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The customer who shot the suspect is described as a 60-year-old Seattle man who visits the store every morning to get coffee. His name was not immediately released.

Authorities said the man who shot the attacker had a concealed carry permit and likely would not face charges as a result of his action.

"This could have been a lot worse,? King County Sheriff?s Sergeant Cindi West told KCPQ. ?The clerk could be the one laying there dead on the floor right now.?

The motive for the assault was not clear. Investigators said the ax-wielding man remained silent throughout the assault. The assailant's identity was not immediately revealed, and authorities described him only as a man in his 40s


What could possibly go wrong ?
FEDERAL LIBERALS TO HAND FINAL FIREARMS APPROVAL BACK TO  RCMP BUREAUCRATS (Douglas Quan | National 

Mounties will once again have final authority over the classification of firearms, the Liberal government says, reversing legislative changes made by the Conservatives allowing Cabinet to override RCMP decisions. 
Police are the experts in these matters, Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said in an email Friday. 

We know of no other Western democracy,  he added, in which a cabinet or government department has the authority to override firearms classification rules set out in legislation. 

Bardsley said details would be announced in  due course.  

Message boards on gun enthusiasts? websites have been awash in recent weeks with speculation about what types of gun laws the Liberals would introduce. 

A spokesman for the Canadian Shooting Sports Association said Friday it was immoral  that a technician working in an RCMP lab should be allowed to have the final say on gun restrictions. 

How can a bureaucrat wave a pen and criminalize hundreds, thousands of people, said Tony Bernardo, the association?s executive director.  We elect parliamentarians to make our laws.   We would not tolerate police making law in any other segment of society.  

The controversy erupted in early 2014 when the RCMP changed the status of Swiss Arms rifles and Czech-made CZ-858 rifles from restricted or non-restricted to prohibited. 

RCMP technicians judged the guns, which had been legal in Canada for years, could too easily be converted from semi-automatic to automatic weapons. 

Owners were outraged. In an attempt to quell the backlash, Steven Blaney, then the public safety minister, admonished the unelected bureaucrats and granted affected gun owners a temporary amnesty that would shield them from prosecution. 

He followed that up with Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, that included a provision giving Cabinet the ability to remove restrictions after getting independent expert advice.  

The Conservatives exercised that new authority before last fall?s federal election   reversing the ban on the Swiss- and Czech-made rifles. 

Bardsley cited data Friday showing there are nearly 6,000 victims of violent crime every year in which firearms are present. 

We believe in balanced, effective gun control that prioritizes public safety while ensuring law-abiding firearms owners do not face unfair treatment under the law, he said. 

Bardsley said the government does not plan to reintroduce the federal long-gun registry. 

Work, however, is underway to modify the membership of the minister?s firearms advisory committee. During the election, the Liberals promised to add public health advocates, representatives from women?s groups and lawyers to the committee so it wasn?t stacked with gun industry representatives. 

Bernardo, who had a seat on the committee, said he worries non-firearms experts will outnumber members of the firearms community. 

We wouldn?t take a committee meant to (examine) surgical procedures and put plumbers on that committee, he said. 

We elect parliamentarians to make our laws.   We would not tolerate police making law in any other segment of society? 

The RCMP said it had no comment. 

See the story: 
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/federal-liberals-to-hand-final-firearms-approval-back-to-rcmp-bureaucrats 

Who said gun control does not work?
Chicago?s Out-of-Control Gun Crime Already Up 84 Percent Over Last Year 

by Warner Todd Huston

Chicago has become the most stereotypical example of what many dream the Wild West was like in the days before the law went west of the Mississippi. It is already so bad this year that at 144 total homicides, the city has seen an 84 percent increase over this time last year.

According to DNAInfo.com the first three months of 2016 have seen more shootings than the first three months of any year in over a decade. With 790 shot so far this year, that is over 80 percent higher then the 419 March ended with in 2015.

?We have a level of shootings and level of gun violence on the South and the West side that is unacceptable,? Mayor Rahm Emanuel said recently, as he looked for a new top cop earlier this month.

But according to The New York Times, the Chicago police may have some role in the increased violence, because they?ve pulled back from random stops policy they had put in place in years past. Many say these random stops helped reduce the crime rate due to the large number of guns confiscated by the policy. But since the CPD has pulled way back on such stops, these guns are not being removed from the streets. As the Times wrote this month:

Since January, officers have recorded 20,908 instances in which they stopped, patted down and questioned people for suspicious behavior, compared with 157,346 in the same period last year. Gun seizures are also down: 1,316 guns have been taken off the streets this year compared with 1,413 at this time last year.

By contrast, as New York Magazinereports, with almost three times more citizens than Chicago, New York City has had only 60 homicides this year. And that is a 20 percent drop over this time last year.

Still, while an outlier in the huge number of crimes using guns, Chicago is far from the only large U.S. city seeing a rise in the murder rate.

A recent report in The Washington Post found the number of homicides in the country?s 50 largest cities is up 17 percent, the greatest increase in 25 years. The rates are higher over 2015, which itself was a hike over 2014


Al-Gebra

A High School Teacher was arrested today at Toronto's Pearson Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a Ruler, a Protractor, a Compass, a Slide-Rule and a Calculator.??

At a Press Conference, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she believes the man is a member of the notorious extremist Al-Gebra movement. 

 ??She did not identify the man, who has been charged by the OPP with carrying Weapons of Maths Instruction.  ? 

?'Al-Gebra is a problem for us', the Premier said. 'They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.' They use secret code names like "X" and "Y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns"; but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every Country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, "There are Three Sides to every Triangle."  ?

 ?When asked to comment on the arrest, Prime Minister Trudeau said, "If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Maths Instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes." ? 

?Fellow Liberal colleagues told Reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by any Prime Minister.


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I?ve been sounding the alarm for a while that with a friendly Liberal government in Ottawa, the gun grabbers will be on the march soon.

Justin Trudeau has said he wants more gun control - he wants hand guns and assault weapons off our streets though I?m not aware of this being an out of control problem.

The gun crime problem we do have in this country is primarily with criminals and gangs shooting up neighborhoods. They also happen to be the kind of people who don?t and won?t register their guns.

Yes, there are more restricted handguns in Canada yet gun crimes have been going down.

Bill Blair (former Chief of Toronto Police and now a Liberal MP) said when the long gun registry was abolished, there would be ?blood in the streets?. Except, there wasn?t.

Sadly, hard facts aren?t going to be what drives this policy decision but rather, worldview. This is all about taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens because, well, the government doesn?t trust the average citizen.

Elections have consequences and the result of the last election is that this new government thinks you shouldn?t have guns and it seems clear that soon they?ll be acting on enforcing that soon.

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