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Firearms act said to be unconstitutional

Letter to the Editor
On June, 13, 1995 former Reform Leader Preston Manning made the astute prediction in the House of Commons: “Bill C-68 (The Firearms Act), if passed into law, will not be a good law. It will be a bad law, a blight on the legislative record of the government, a law that fails the three great tests of constitutionality, of effectiveness and of democratic consent of the governed. What should be the fate of a bad law? It should be repealed...”
“A recent poll indicated that 53% of Canadians could not name even one of their Constitutional rights or Charter freedoms. Therefore,
1. According to Canadian Alliance Justice Critic MP Garry Breitkreuz, Bill C-68: The Firearms Act violates our constitutional and fundamental right to be innocent until proven guilty; our right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure; our right to private property; our right against self-incrimination (to remain silent); our right to legal counsel; our right to be represented by our MP; our right to be treated equally before the law; our right to privacy; and our right to freedom of association.
2. According to Political Science Professor Ted Morton, University of Calgary, C-68 violates 12 of our Charter freedoms: Right to Liberty; Right to Security of the Person; Right to Procedural Fairness; Rights Against Unreasonable Search and Seizure; Right to Privacy; Right to be Presumed Innocent; Right Against Arbitrary Detention; Right to Counsel Upon Arrest or Detention; Right to Freedom of Expression; Right to Bear Arms; Right to Property; and Equality Rights.
3. According to Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski, C-68 violates all 7 of the Privacy Rights of Canadians;
4. According to Information Commissioner John Reid, C-68 violates the Fundamental Information Rights of Canadians.
Consequently, Canada’s Recreational Firearms Community (RFC) supports the responsible position that the Firearms Act must be repealed and replaced with reasonable firearms legislation that reduces crime, saves lives, contributes to public safety and is cost effective.

Professor Al Dorans
Ottawa, Ontario