Are Canada’s Laws on Air Rifles Too Strict?

Canada Law on Air Rifles

Air Rifle Laws in Canada

Back in their day, men could wield a weapon!

Canada’s law on firearms are far stricter compared to other countries. Licensing of any gun will take a series of steps before obtaining one. Yes, that includes ownership of air rifles. Applicants must do the following: attend a safety course, background check – must not have any criminal record, and finally, they should be certified by a firearms officer – so more or less the final decision of obtaining an air rifle lies on the perception of a person. Have I mentioned that this is only for obtaining a license? Another series of procedures should be undertaken before obtaining a license to hunt. Personal ownership is restricted to recreational and sporting purposes only. However, guns can be acquired for self-defense in rare circumstances. The law on guns is federally mandated, thus it applies in all parts of Canada. So, if you happened to be in any part of Canada, and decided to purchase a new Ruger Air Rifle, here are the three classifications you must know:

Non-Restricted

Entitles you to a rifle or a shotgun with the following categories:

  • Barrel must be 18.5” or longer
  • Length must be 26” or longer
  • Magazine capacity limited to 5 rounds for semi automatics, 10 rounds for bolt or other action and 3 shells for a shotgun
  • Keep gun with trigger locked in your home and stored out of sight, ammunition should be in a separate locked container in a separate room.

Restricted

Entitles you any gun in the non-restricted category plus a rifle or a shotgun with the following categories:

  • Barrel length less than 18.5”
  • Handguns: must have a barrel length not less than 4.25”
  • Any caliber is accepted except .28 and .32 caliber guns
  • Gun should have trigger lock and must be kept in a locked box or a safe.
  • Ammunitions must be locked up and kept in a separate room.
  • Specific ATT (authorization to transport) should be obtained every time you wish to transport your riffle.

Prohibited

Of course no one gets a prohibited license. These are fully automatic weapons and specific hand guns. Only certain law enforcements are allowed to have one. Most of prohibited weapons are displayed at the museum for historical purposes only.

In addition to this, air rifles that replicate firearms counterpart are included in the prohibited category even though these rifles are not powerful enough to cause a serious injury or death. Furthermore, air rifles that are neither firearms nor replicas, just plain plastics and obviously a child’s toy belong to “imitation firearm” and may be subjected to penalties under Canada’s Criminal Code if used to commit a crime.

I must say that Canada’s Gun Law is unreasonably strict. What’s the point of obtaining a license if anyone can commit a crime with anything besides a gun anyway, maybe they should also ask for a license for the use of knives or prohibit them as well. The law is not hard to understand but it is not the best law. But what can we do, it’s the law, we cannot do anything about it but to abide.

Pre- Owned Cars – Is It Worth the Cost?

Knowing that Canada is actually the second largest country in the whole world and that it has abundant resources to use, some of the country’s people may still be struggling in finding themselves a better option when it comes to getting access to those luxurious thing made by man such as cars.

Although the economy is still growing, citizens still opt to look for the best option where they can save more money but at the same time still get access to a lifestyle that they have always been accustomed with.

One of the major things that may amuse citizens of this country is cars. And if you happen to be one of those interested individuals who love luxury cars then there is good news for you.

If you were to invest your money in purchasing a new sports car or a new luxury car, you will surely be spending a fortune and you may have nothing left for you for the other things that you may want to obtain in the future. A better option for this is to get access to pre-owned cars. This is mostly said to be a better option rather than buying a new car as car depreciates value in time.

 

Another thing that you may want to know is that there are used cars nowadays that are being sold with a valid certification. This certification validates the used car that you’ll be purchasing depending on its current Pre Owned Cars - Koing Motorscondition. There are certifications for pre-owned cars which guarantee that they are good as new. You may find authorized dealers who are capable of getting this kind of certifications from the manufacturers of the cars themselves. Such cars may be more expensive than the usual used cars that you can get from car dealers but if you were to purchase pre-owned luxury cars, this is a smart option for you.

When purchasing used cars you should keep in mind that not all car dealers in Canada offer the same deal. If you want to make sure that you are getting a good deal is that you should start researching for options and then comparing. If it is possible to bring someone with you who knows more about cars to help you make the right decision.

Don’t forget that if you opt not to take advantage of certified pre-owned cars you should at least know how to determine if the used car you’ll be purchasing is worth the dollars you’ll be spending.

E-Cigarettes Maybe Healthy, But Can Raise Your Health Care

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Many people may think that electronic cigarettes are a safer and healthier alternative to tobacco, but the fact is, insurers don’t think so.

The use of tobacco is one of the many things insurers take in to consideration when selling health care plans to different individuals when deciding on someone’s premium.

Under most insurers rules and regulations, use of anything tobacco related products four or more times a week could subject someone to the tobacco surcharge.  So the important question is, will the insurers classify electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product? If you don’t already know, what an electronic cigarette is, it’s a battery powered devices that acts like a real cigarette smoke, and uses e-juice which produces smoke like vapor that contains flavoring and nicotine.

The FDA (food and Drug Administration) are moving towards calling electronic cigarettes a tobacco product, and in April of 2014, proposed regulating e-cigs, although the regulation isn’t as tough as regular cigarettes. The FDA is trying to put them in the same category.

The Medicare and Medicaid services are also looking into putting in a surcharge for anyone using e-cigs.  In a recent research on electronic cigarettes, researchers at the University of San Francisco found that long term health effects of e-cigs are still unknown, but they do emit potentially very harmful substances into our atmosphere, and can be a big issue with indoor pollution. The research also discovered that e-cigs reduces the chances a person have in quitting smoke, in contrast to advertising claims that when using electronic cigarettes, it will help anyone kick the habit.

The possible role of electronic cigarettes as a way of helping people quit smoking also has insurance coverage implication as well. Health law requires that health plans to cover FDA (food and drug administration) approved smoking cessation devices and counseling without any cost to the user. The federal government recently released a guide clarifying which products and services must be covered.

Since electronic cigarettes are not approved by the FDA for quitting smoking, (the truth is they are really close to being labeled by the FDA to be a tobacco product) are not covered as a free preventive benefit under the law.

There is still very little data in the research of the electronic cigarettes, for us to really truly know if this device is the best alternative to regular cigarettes. Until research can show that it is better for us, you may expect that health companies will continue to add surcharges to their plans.

Next Steps in My Career

I may have retired from the local political scene recently, but that does not mean that I am no longer interested in local politics. It is my position now to take a step back from the lime light and do more important work for our community from behind the scenes.

As most of you probably already know, I had a long a successful career in our local politics and overseas and want to continue those trends that I started. I have plans to still be an active member of our community and someone who can be reached out in times of need. Our small community made great strides during my time in office, and while I have the utmost confidence in our new panel of politicians, I feel obligated to see my hard work through to the end.

You know I held a strong interest in the education of our children. This is still a concern of mine and I will be working daily with our local parents, teachers and school board members to make sure that that the education of our future community leaders is always at the top of the priority list. Keeping the schools supplied with the latest text books and providing teachers with continued support for their efforts is a must if we want to raise a generation of community minded young people.

Small business owners can feel free to still come and see me about concerns they have with the local economy. We went through some tough times together over the last decade and I am still dedicated to each and every one of yours continued success in the business community. We can meet informally if you like or I will also be able to host group meetings to discuss your latest issues and work on strategies for how to deal with them.

I also have plans on staying directly involved in the election processes that take place here each year. I would be proud to give my personal endorsement to any up and coming politician who holds the same values as I do and has the same commitment to the future of our community that I have. I was not successful on my own, depending on dozens of individuals to help me with my rise in the political spectrum. Now it’s my turn to return the favor and offer mentorship (get in touch if this interests you) to other individuals who have the same drive and determination that I do.

I look back proudly on the work that I was able to achieve in my years in office. These were not small accomplishments and I was able to help see us through some tough times. I am always looking for new ways to be of help to our citizens, both young and old.

This is a new chapter of my life that I take on with zest. I believe it will be interesting to see how things work from the other side of the political fence and have plans on doing my best to stay as involved as you all will let me.

The State of Health Care in Our Country


Compared with many other countries in the world, our Canadian health care system is pretty good, but we could do better. As a nation we need to make sure that all of our citizens are able to access quality health care whenever they need it.

Despite the doctrine that all Canadian citizens shall receive any “medically necessary and hospital physician services” the system falls short on making sure that this advantage is being utilized by everyone. Not everyone has a physician or medical facility close by enough to get the help that they need. So even though all 10 of our provinces and 3 territories provide statewide health insurance to everyone, those in remote areas are often unable to access it.

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There are also many areas which are not providing the supplemental services that are still essential to the promotion of good health. Dental care is an important aspect of your body’s over-all fitness, especially in children. If we could do more to make dental care a mandatory part of the health care programs provided by the government, more children would be able to have their teeth checked regularly and have dental work provided as needed.

The other major concern is the cost of prescription drugs. While it is important to have comprehensive medical insurance to cover your needs, it is difficult to follow through on a doctor’s orders if you are unable to afford the prescribed medications. The rising cost of medications in Canada makes it difficult for the average Canadian to purchase the necessary treatments for their illnesses and diseases.

Besides petitioning for changes in legislation that would incorporate dental care and drug coverage into our existing health care system, we also need to figure out ways to ensure that these programs are being made readily available to even the most remote areas of the country. Programs that would bring medical care to these areas on a regular basis is one solution to this grave problem.

To get these types of programs up and running would require the support of dedicated doctors and medical staff who would take the time to make the journey out of their comfort zones. It would also require basic medical supplies to be provided as well as plans for transporting those who need it to the nearest medical facility.

One other option is to make an initiative in these communities to increase awareness and encourage young men and women to study medicine as a profession. By educating a few of the inhabitants in these areas, they would be able to provide the health care needed to their own community.

It’s time to take action. As one of the more advanced countries in the world it is deplorable that even one of our citizens is not able to access the most basic of medical care. We need to dig deeper into the problems that are making our health care system fail to find solutions to making it work 100%.