They are a small group of Canadians who found each other online because of a common hatred – the Liberal gun grab.
Now nine people from across the country have joined forces to try and overturn the gun grab that saw Justin Trudeau’s government ban 1,500 different makes and models of what called they called“military-style” and “assault-style” guns in Canada.
One of the Group of Nine is Albertan Chris Bruhn, who has spent his life around guns on the family farm near Rimbey.
“Growing up on a farm, firearms were just a tool of the trade to try and protect newborn lambs from coyotes,” Bruhn said in an interview with the Western Standard.
“We are not the problem here. The real problems are with the gangs and drugs. We’re just an easy target for the government.”
Bruhn said after going online in the wake of the gun grab, he found others who felt the same way and they are now represent by Toronto lawyer Arkardi Bouchelev, who filed a lawsuit against the grab in federal court last month.
Bruhn said he has three AR-15 type rifles on the banned list.
“The number of weapons on the banned list is really scary. This is about our property rights, they are being trampled,” said Bruhn, 67, a retired manger of an agriculture equipment manufacturing firm.
“It’s like they just grabbed all the guns they could and added them to the list on a whim.”
Noting the RCMP has been adding to the original list since May, Bruhn said “you could buy a gun one day and find it on the list the next day. It’s a real quandry.”
He called the law “dictatorial without Parliament even sitting.”
Bruhn said with the two year amnesty, he may look at exporting his weapons to the U.S.
Another of the Group of Nine is David Mayhew, a 35-year-old from the Lower Mainland in B.C., whose work for an electrical contracting company takes to him to remote areas of the province.
He said one of the reasons he needs is firearms is simple – protection from bears in the wilderness areas he works.
Like the others, he found the group on the internet after the ban was announced.
“I wanted to be involved at the grassroots level,” said Mayhew, an avid sport shooter.
He has five firearms on the banned list – three AR-15s, a M1A rifle and a VZ58 rifle. His other concern is a shotgun which may or may not be banned because of the confusing choke rules.
Apart from Bruhn and Mayhew, the other complainants are from Ontario and Quebec.
Bouchelev said his lawsuit is one of five filed in federal court.
He said the case will be mainly fought on two fronts: its Constitutionality and whether it is legal under the criminal code.
And Bouchelev said the RCMP has started to send out letters notifying owners of certain restricted firearms that their registration certificates are being revoked, despite the fact that there is a two-year amnesty.
“To make matters worse, these letters do not comply with the requirements of the Firearms Act and related regulations. They were not sent by courier or registered mail and do not contain instructions on how the revocation can be appealed (both of which are specific requirements under the law),” he said.
“I think what makes my clients’ case a little different from some of the other proceedings is my clients have no financial interest in its outcome. They brought their application in the public interest, to hopefully set a precedent that will help all Canadian gun owners.”
You can read the groups’ lawsuit here.
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard