Sample Letters


Sample Letter 1

I write today to express my health concerns for Canadians that are sport shooters, hunters, athletes in competitive sports requiring firearms, and those Canadians that require the use of firearms in the course of their employment.

Canadians legally using firearms are losing their hearing due to a senseless criminal prohibition on sound moderators. I urge you to bring this issue to the forefront and work to make sound moderators legal for use in Canada.

The existence of this prohibition under the pretense of public safety is simply dishonest. In countries where these devices are legal, the majority of G7 countries and many others, criminals do not use sound moderators in crimes to any significant degree. A recent study in the US found only 2 federal cases over a 10 year period involving a silencer used in murders. To put that number in perspective, environment Canada estimates that 10 people are killed or injured by lightning strikes in just one year in Canada alone.

More and more nations are recognizing the vast benefits of the legal use of sound moderators by their citizens. The United States plans to pass the “Hearing protection Act” next year to further reduce red tape and give Americans greater access to these health and safety devices.

I hope that you and this government will do the right thing and help protect Canadians by lifting the only criminal prohibition on a health and safety device in Canada and legalize the possession and use of sound moderators by all Canadian legal gun owners and users.
I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.

 

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Sample Letter 2

I fear that the criminal prohibition of firearm sound moderators violates Section 7 of our Charter rights. That is the right to personal security, in the form of each and every Canadian’s right to personal health and safety.

Un-moderated sound levels from firearms have been proven to be highly damaging to hearing regardless of the amount of traditional hearing protection used. The average full bore rifle creates a sound wave between 165 and 170 dB. Most hearing protection offered on the market reduces this sound by 15 to 25 dB. This means the sound reaching the ear during each gunshot can easily be between 140 and 155 dB while wearing hearing protection. Many hunters regularly hunt, for safety reasons, with no hearing protection at all. The universally recognized threshold at which hearing damage is guaranteed is 140 dB. The ability of a sound moderator to reduce the report of a firearm varies widely but a 35 dB reduction on a hunting firearm is a good average for commercially available sound moderators. This reduction would make firearms much safer, by reducing them to a safe sound level comparable to a large jackhammer. Hunters and sport shooters in Canada are losing their hearing and they need access to all of the safety equipment available to prevent this.

Our Law Enforcement agencies have access to sound moderators for health and safety reasons. They have been acquired by police departments across Canada in order to reduce the number of officers needing to take time off work due to hearing damage from training with firearms. These are not devices that are required to make policing more effective; they are devices required to keep officers from being injured at work.

How can we allow such a double standard when it comes to personal safety, one for the majority of Canadians who do not have access to essential health and safety equipment, and one for a class of Canadians exempt from the firearms act who can have access to the essential health and safety equipment they need.

I urge you to bring this issue to the forefront and work to legalise access for all Canadians who work with firearms in the course of their employment, and for all Canadian sport shooters and hunters.

I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.

 

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Sample Letter 3

Sir,

Are you aware that sound moderators for firearms are prohibited devices in Canada? Perhaps you are more familiar with the terms suppressor and silencer.

In any event, these devices are best described as safety equipment, providing protection to the hearing of shooters and bystanders alike.

Outside Canada, it seems that most countries recognize their value, and encourage their use.

The very concept of prohibited devices is, or should be, abhorrent to freedom loving people.

Please act quickly to repeal the following definition from Part III of the Criminal Code of Canada, Firearms and Other Weapons, Interpretation, Definitions, 84 (1):

“prohibited device means

(a) any component or part of a weapon, or any accessory for use with a weapon, that is prescribed to be a prohibited device,

(b) a handgun barrel that is equal to or less than 105 mm in length, but does not include any such handgun barrel that is prescribed, where the handgun barrel is for use in international sporting competitions governed by the rules of the International Shooting Union,

(c) a device or contrivance designed or intended to muffle or stop the sound or report of a firearm,

(d) a cartridge magazine that is prescribed to be a prohibited device, or

(e) a replica firearm; (dispositif prohibé) ”

which provides for prohibition of devices.

Thank you,

 

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Sample Letter 4
Sound Moderators for firearms are prohibited devices in Canada.  This is, above all, a health and safety risk to Canadian sport shooters, hunters, and those who are employed around firearms.  This prohibition needs to change.

I would urge you to visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/sound-moderators-lift-the-criminal-prohibition and see how many Canadians agree and read what they have to say.

Un-moderated sound levels from firearms have been proven to be highly damaging to hearing regardless of the amount of traditional hearing protection used. The average full bore rifle creates a sound wave between 165 and 170 dB. Most hearing protection offered on the market reduces this sound by 15 to 25 dB. This means the sound reaching the ear during each gunshot can easily be between 140 and 155 dB while wearing hearing protection. Many hunters regularly hunt, for safety reasons, with no hearing protection at all. The universally recognized threshold at which hearing damage is guaranteed is 140 dB. The ability of a sound moderator to reduce the report of a firearm varies widely but a 35 dB reduction on a hunting firearm is a good average for commercially available sound moderators. This reduction would make firearms much safer, by reducing them to a safe sound level comparable to a large jackhammer. Hunters and sport shooters in Canada are losing their hearing and they need access to all of the safety equipment available to prevent this.

Section 7 of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognises an individual’s right to personal health and safety. As affirmed in Bedford v. Canada at the Supreme Court of Canada, one cannot be prevented from taking reasonable steps to improve personal safety in a hazardous situation. If the activity is legal, the government should not, and cannot deny access to means that can reduce the risk of that activity.

It’s important to note that the majority of G7 nations and many others have recognized the benefits of these devices. These countries include the United States, France, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Poland and others.

Silencers are rarely used in crimes, according to a 10-year study published in 2007 by the Western Criminology Review in the United States. Researchers estimated silencers were involved in 30 to 40 of the 75,000 federal criminal cases filed each year. The study found only two federal cases over a 10 year period involving a silencer used in murders. New Zealand is also a great example of this, as sound moderators are completely unregulated and crime involving sound moderators is a non-concern.

Hearing damage is a major concern in Canada. Tax payers spend millions annually on treating hearing loss in Canadians. The use of personal protective equipment at work and play is common place in almost all high risk activities in Canada yet sound moderators continue to be the only universally recognised health and safety device that has a criminal prohibition with stiff penalties.

Numerous shooting ranges in Canada have been closed or reduced to very limited hours due to noise complaints in recent years. Sound moderators have the potential to reduce noise pollution and noise complaints in communities with shooting ranges, in rural and farm communities, and in areas used for recreational activities where hunting and target shooting is legal. They can be a simple solution to a growing problem as our cities continue to grow outward.

Finally, farmers need firearms as tools for their work. They are regularly used in the vicinity of livestock managing pest populations. Gunshots are extremely stressful to livestock and pets nearby. Sound moderators facilitate significantly increased humane husbandry of livestock, and pets. The same can be said for hunters who regularly use dogs while hunting. There is no hearing protection available for pets and working dogs, only sound moderators can protect them from the hearing damage hunting causes.

A significant amount of information on this issue can be found at SoundModeratorsCanada.ca

I urge you to please bring this issue to the forefront and work to make suppressors legal in Canada.
Please let me know how you plan to address this matter.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

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