Fight the OIC in Court

On May 1, 2020 the Government of Canada placed a sweeping ban on the firearms industry that was utterly undemocratic and we believe, downright criminal.

Even the CBC agrees.

As a Veteran, firearms business owner, competition shooter and a believer in democracy, I have been put in a position where I cannot sit back and let things happen passively around me.  It is time to gear up and fight!

Over the past 10 days I have had productive discussions with various firearms groups across the country including the CCFR  and the CSSA  as well as the Alberta Government. We believe we have come up with numerous  strategies to launch specific challenges on cabinet's ability to pass sweeping firearms restrictions without legislative oversight.

The Shooting Edge  along with  Target Sports Canada and some other companies, has decided to initiate a legal challenge on the Trudeau government's sporting rifle gun ban.  Although we hope there are going to be other challenges mounted by other firearms interest groups across the country, we believe that a compelling case needs a compelling victim and no one has been hit harder than individual small business firearm retailers in this country.  

Our challenge is NOT a Charter Section 7 Challenge, which is what the CCFR is launching.  We are launching a criminal legal challenge and expect to file in the next few weeks.  We don't want to make any mistakes, so the research MUST be done first.

This war must be fought on many fronts.  At this time, we have no idea what will succeed but feel confident that our position(s) against this OIC are solid.

We have assembled a legal team which is second-to-none with depth and breadth of experience in criminal and constitutional law.  Greg Dunn and Caitlin Taylor from the criminal defense firm of Dunn and Associate s as well as Brendan Miller from the long-standing Calgary litigation firm of Walsh LLP will be leading our fight.

We know this fight will be daunting and equally, expensive. To be completely frank, we need your help.

The Shooting Edge has already funded the retainer for our legal team and is willing to forge ahead regardless of financial support from our community, however any help will be gratefully and gladly accepted.
We are launching this campaign to raise funds to be used specifically for this challenge.  We have asked our external Chartered Accountants to oversee this fundraising so that there will be 100% accountability and transparency in our fundraising efforts.

Funds will be collected, held, and then only transferred directly to the legal beneficiary. 

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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 donated funds divided EQUALLY between the CCFR , CSSA and the NFA . (and the accounting firm will make sure that happens!)

Please also sign this e petition  E 2574  on the House of Commons website asking for the revocation of this draconian OIC.

We do not have to agree about Trudeau's firearms ban.  But as Canadian's we should all be able to agree that he should have done it democratically.

This undemocratic move should offend you as a Canadian.


JR Cox
The Shooting Edge (Calgary) and Target Sports Canada (Toronto)


JR Cox
Calgary, AB

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