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Canadian Firearms Safety Course
By: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
www.rcmp.gc.ca
The Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) was developed in partnership with the provinces and territories, national organizations with an ongoing interest in firearms safety, and many firearms and hunter education course instructors from across Canada. This course was developed to meet the mandatory requirements of section 7 of the Firearms Act. The legislation stipulates that individuals wishing to acquire non-restricted firearms must take the CFSC and pass the tests OR challenge and pass the CFSC tests without taking the course. Individuals wishing to acquire restricted firearms must take the CFSC and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) and pass the tests OR challenge and pass the tests without taking either course. Topics covered in the CFSC include:

* the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions; * basic firearms safety practices;
* ammunition;
* operating firearm actions;
* safe handling and carry procedures;
* firing techniques and procedures;
* care of non-restricted firearms;
* responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and
* safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted firearms. “FSEA was established in March 1996. Its mandate is to provide dedicated management and expertise needed to implement and to administer a firearms safety education and awareness program in a positive, proactive and professional manner in order to instill in the general public a continuing sense of responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.” 10 Myths about Gun Control in Canada

http://www.cdnshootingsports.org/tenmyths.html

TOP 13 COUNTRIES BY # OF GUNS PER CAPITA|
 United States| 88.8| 1| |
 Yemen| 54.8| 2| |
 Switzerland| 45.7| 3| |
 Finland| 45.3| 4| 32[5]|
 Serbia| 37.8| 5| 58.2[6]|
 Cyprus| 36.4| 6| |
 Saudi Arabia| 35| 7| |
 Iraq| 34.2| 8| |
 Uruguay| 31.8| 9| |
 Sweden| 31.6| 10| |
 Norway| 31.3| 11| |
 France| 31.2| 12| |
 Canada| 30.8| 13| |

LAW -- December 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM EDT
U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons
BY: COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

Screen shot of automatic weapons.
By Jonathan Masters, online writer/editor for the Council on Foreign Relations Introduction

The debate over gun control in the United States has waxed and waned over the years, stirred by a series of incidents involving mass killings by gunmen in civilian settings. The killing of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Ct. in December 2012 prompted a national discussion over gun laws and initial calls by the Obama administration to limit the availability of military-style assault weapons. Gun ownership in the United States far surpasses other countries, and the recent mass shootings, in particular, have raised comparisons with policies abroad. Democracies that have experienced similar traumatic shooting incidents, for instance, have taken significant steps to regulate gun ownership and restrict assault weapons. They generally experience far fewer incidents of gun violence than the United States. United States

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Supreme Court rulings, citing this amendment, have upheld the right of states to regulate firearms. However, in a 2008 decision confirming an individual right to keep and bear arms, the court struck down Washington DC laws that banned handguns and required those in the home to be locked or disassembled. A number of gun ownership advocates consider it a birthright and an essential part of the nation's heritage. The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world's population, has about 35-50 percent of the world's civilian-owned guns, according to a 2007 report by...
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