Dear Fellow Canadians, and Supporters:
Yesterday Donna and I drove to Kenora (1 1/2 hours from Dryden) to attend at
the Superior Court Assignment Court at 2:00 p.m. This 'hearing' was
than we expected. It was held in a small board room with a secretary running
the hearing. There was also an assistant crown there who we had never met
or heard of before.
The purpose of this hearing was to set a date for our "Judicial Pre-trial".
The purpose of the pre-trial, from what I understand, is for a judge to
access the scope and complexity of the case, so that a proper time slot can
scheduled in for the trial. Agreement of facts are also supposed to be
up so as not to waste time at the trial. (Not that they appear to be
about wasting time. Remember, it's been over 10 months since we've been
Donna and I were a little disappointed at the lack of preparedness we saw in
this hearing. The crown had only 2 dates they were willing to talk about for
the pre-trial, and neither of those dates were checked ahead of time with
the secretary to see if they were even available! - - Guess what? Those two
dates were NOT available! We ended up making a 'tentative' date for the
pre-trial for October 26th at 9:00 a.m. in the Superior Court in Kenora.
This will be the first court appearance where something should actually get
done! So far, our justice system hasn't impressed me with their efficiency.
I'm looking forward to be able to finally start getting to the "meat" of the
subject. I'm not sure, but I think this is where we will lodge our official
charter challenge. We still have lots of time before we have to submit our
charter challenge, but unless there is some legal reason to delay, I would
like to do it at this time.
May God bless you all, and keep us in your prayers.
Yours in Liberty,
Following is a copy of an article from yesterday's Globe and Mail, that I
think is very indicative of the plight of firearms owners in this country,
if we can't put some common sense into our justice system. This article is writing about something that is not an isolated incident, and we gun owners need
to wake up to this disturbing trend against firearms owners! (We are being
hunted down and exterminated!) A few points I noticed while reading this
1-Inflammatory remarks are made against this man by inferring he had his
guns and ammo for nefarious purposes. (ie. for war, not collecting)
2-He is apparently not being charged with any crime relating to the
"complaint". But he has had valuable property seized from him and being
turned into a criminal by being charged under our Firearms Act for having
unregistered rifles and "unsafe storage". (potential of 7 years in prison
even though there is no actual crime or 'victim')
3-Virtually every firearm owner in Canada could fall victim to this
Tip leads to arrest in weapons haul
By ROBERT MATAS
Monday, July 25, 2005 Page S2
VANCOUVER -- A man with 39 long-range rifles and 20,000 rounds of ammunition
was arrested this weekend in a semi-rural community in greater Victoria.
"That's enough firepower for a small war," Staff Sergeant Glen MacKenzie of
the Saanich Police Department said in an interview yesterday.
The arrest was made after police were tipped off by a complaint from someone
who heard shots being fired on a property in Saanich, an area of hobby
Investigators were initially given five firearms. In response to further
questioning, police were shown an additional 34 guns and the ammunition.
"The man claimed to be a collector," Staff Sgt. MacKenzie said. "If you
believe him or not, that's what he told us."
The man was to be formally charged this morning with unsafe storage of
firearms and unregistered weapons. He was not held in custody. The name
of the man will not be released until charges are laid, Staff Sgt. MacKenzie
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