November 6, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today's ruling acknowledges the right to firearms ownership, but then
defers to parliament's history of infringing on our fundamental right
to possess effective tools for the defense of human life. While we
disagree with the ruling on the whole, this constitutional right will
be the focus of the next stage of the Firearms Act challenge.
In the process of appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada, this
decision is a relatively small setback. In fact it gives the
Montagues a strong basis to refocus and represent arguments for
consideration by the higher court.
Besides our appeal to Canada's constitutional heritage, we will
emphasize the common-law basis for self-defense, and highlight the
glaring ineffectiveness and pitfalls of the Firearms Act. As
intended from the beginning, our next goal is to have portions of the
Act struck down by the Ontario Court of Appeal.
The biggest loss in today's ruling is that Bruce and Donna will now
be going into the criminal trial on Nov 13, 2007 with the crown
seeking the full penalties of the current harsh, complex, and
unreasonable sections of the criminal code which are enabled by the
For more information visit www.BruceMontague.ca or contact (807) 937-2197.
Doug Christie's Argument Outline Presented before Justice Wright on Oct 22,
2007 -- Download 8 page Acrobat .PDF file»
Justice Wright's Ruling Released on November 6, 2007 -- Download 11 page Acrobat .PDF file»
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