Gun advocates want provincial firearms officers scrapped

A pro-gun advocacy group that has two representatives on a federal firearms advisory panel wants the Conservative government to eliminate all provincial firearms offices, saying they have “poked the lion” once too often.

The Canadian Sports Shooting Association has launched a national petition that asks Ottawa to establish a single “civilian agency” in place of provincial and territorial firearms officers that oversee licensing and other gun regulations.

The group is upset over recent moves by Alberta’s chief firearms office requiring that guns on display at the Calgary Gun Show be equipped with trigger locks.

The group’s spokesman, Tony Bernardo, has also taken Ontario’s chief firearms officer to court over tighter authorization rules for transporting weapons.