Toronto Star columnist Jim Fiorito was awoken early the other morning by a legion of Toronto police officers (question: was the ETF there?), who were there to take away his firearm. What was wrong – was the gun prohibited? No – it was a run-of-the-mill 20-gauge duck gun. Was it unregistered? No – the reason the police knew about it in the first place was because it was registered. The crime: his firearms license (his PAL) had expired.
The upside of this is that a Toronto Star columnist now has first-hand knowledge that the real target of David Miller’s Project Safe Streets is law-abiding taxpayers like him – who are hounded for paperwork violations, not gangbangers. If he is able to put two and two together, he will now understand why Mayor Miller has been utterly impotent as a crime fighter.
1. Possession and Acquisition Licenses (PAL’s) are valid for five years (like passports).
2. Other than the expiry date on the card, no notification that a person’s license is about to expire is sent. The onus is on the license holder to be observant.
3. Once a renewal application is received, the amount of time it takes to process the application varies from 1 month to 9 months, depending on the vagaries of the gun control bureaucracy.
4. If your license expires because it took an unreasonable amount of time for the Canadian Firearms Center to process your application, the law places the blame squarely on you.
5. If you find yourself in this situation in Toronto, David Miller sends the ETF after you at 4 o’clock in the morning.