The Lloydminster & District Fish & Game Association donated money towards a legal battle against the recent gun ban in Canada.
The association donated $1,500 to the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) in hopes to help with the legal fees that come along with going to court.
“What that is, is the legal trust fund with the Canadian Coalition of Firearms. They are actually taking the Federal Government to court on this gun ban that it’s not just in the way [the process] was done,” said President of the Lloyd Association, Dwayne Davison.
The ban of approximately 1,500 guns was done through the Order in Council (OIC) and came into place on May 1, 2020.
On May 1, 2020, the Government of Canada has prohibited:
- nine (9) types of firearms, by make and model, and their variants; and
- firearms with a bore of 20 mm or greater, and those firearms capable of discharging a projectile with a muzzle energy greater than 10,000 Joules; and
- the upper receivers of M16, AR-10, AR-15 and M4 pattern firearms.
After receiving backlash about the gun ban, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated what the reasoning was behind this decision.
“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau said. “There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.”
This legal process, according to CCFR, did not provide Canadians with the right to have a say on whether or not the ban should go through.
Members of the Fish & Game Association are directly impacted as they do own and shoot guns, stated Davison.
The concern also extends to the two gun ranges that are owned by the Lloydminster Association.
“We certainly feel that this is something that we want to pursue because of the Federal Government’s position that they’ve taken on the gun issue within Canada,” said Davison.
The branch is both a member of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and the Alberta Fish & Game Association which are affiliated to the CCFR.
Executive Director and CEO of CCFR, Rod Giltaca, noted their appreciation for the donation as the legal battle will be a pricey and lengthy process.
“This is the largest legal action on behalf of gun owners in the country’s history… Not only are we challenging some of the charter violations, we’re also claiming violations for the Bill of Rights and also the Constitution Act.”
When the ban went through in May, CCFR took legal action not long after at the beginning of June.
“The major issue is that they banned hundreds of thousands of rifles that are legally owned and safely owned by Canadians without having any real justification,” stated Giltaca.
With legal fees and a long court process ahead of them, CCFR is figuring the legal costs will amount to somewhere around $1 million.