Class Action to reverse illegal RCMP FRT changes

As most Canadians are now aware, the current Liberal government announced on May 1, 2020 an Order In Council (OIC) effectively prohibiting all AR15/AR10 semiautomatic firearms, along with 1,500 other firearms that are used for the purposes of hunting and/or sport shooting. This OIC is utterly undemocratic and was pushed through during a world health pandemic at a time when Parliament was not in session. It was implemented without democratic discussion or debate, and wholly lacks any sensible application of thought regarding firearms classifications or functionalities. This OIC prohibits firearms merely for their appearance, not their functionality and will result in nothing more than penalizing law-abiding firearm's owners for crimes that aren't our own. Using an OIC to ram through unjust laws like this should be alarming to every Canadian, regardless of your stance on firearms because we live in a democracy and as such every Canadian is entitled to due-process and legislative debate. Nevertheless, the Order In Council serves as only part of the most recent governmental overreach.  

On June 28, 2015 the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-42. Part of Bill C-42 includes legislation that prohibits the RCMP/SFSS (Specialized Firearms Support Services, headed by Murray Smith and William Etter), from making changes to the legal status  of firearms after 12 months have passed since their determination. Bill C-42 clearly says that after the first 12 months, the RCMP/SFSS cannot legally change the legal status of a firearm. The instrument that Canadian Law Enforcement uses to communicate the legal status of firearms in Canada is the Firearms Reference Table (FRT).
[More information on Bill C-42 can be found here .]

Following the recent incoherent Order in Council that became effective on May 1, 2020, the RCMP/SFSS was mandated to change the FRTs of the firearms listed in the OIC. However, on or about May 15, 2020 -  just days before Murray Smith's retirement - the RCMP/SFSS directly contravened the legislation in Bill C-42 by proceeding to remove relevant information from the FRTs for the Modern Hunter, Modern Varmint, and the Modern Sporter. The information that was removed included the crucial details that set them apart from many like them thereby removing all information that led to their legal classification as nonrestricted firearms. Further, the RCMP/SFSS proceeded to illegally change the legal status of our semi-automatic firearms without justification as these firearms are not included in the OIC's list and are not AR15/AR10 variants.

A full copy of the FRT is available for download here: Modern Sporter.

[More information on the list of newly prohibited firearms can be found here .]

Below is an image of the only communication we have received to date from any government office regarding the changes implemented by the OIC. This letter was dated May 15, 2020 and received May 21, 2020.

These illegal actions at the hands of the RCMP will result in a loss of 80-90% of our revenue alone and stand to impact many other firearms businesses and lawful firearms owners alike. The purpose of this class action is to present the court with evidence detailing these illegal actions in an effort to have the legal, nonrestricted standing of these firearms restored.  We are launching this campaign to raise funds to be used specifically for this challenge.  Funds will be collected by GoFundMe, withdrawn and held in a separate ATRS account and will be transferred by cheque to the trust account of the law firm conducting each lawsuit for which we are involved.  

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If at the end of this fight, regardless of the outcome, there are funds left over we pledge to have the funds donated to the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR). 

“Law without reason in absence of fact and lacking support of the true majority is nothing short of totalitarianism.”

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