In November of 1994 a group of concerned gun owners from the Niagara area organized a meeting in the basement of a St. Catharines restaurant. Turnout exceeded our expectations. Over 400 people were in attendance. Following the meeting several people stayed behind to discuss what more could be done to fight for the rights of gun owners in the Niagara Peninsula.
Another rally was planned for January 1995. Again turnout was more than expected. Over 2,000 people crowded into the hall, and hundreds more were turned away at the door due to lack of space.
Following the second meeting, organizers decided it would be prudent to create a permanent structure to organize rallies, lobby local politicians and co-ordinate pro-gun activities in the Niagara area. This structure is now the Sporting Clubs of Niagara.
Since then we have:
- Made a presentation to the Niagara Regional Council which helped prevent to passage of an anti-gun policy statement.
- Made a presentation to Niagara Falls City Council which helped stop a proposal to further limit hunting areas.
- Co-ordinated a letter writing campaign to the Senate.
- Made a presentation to the Police Services Board to counter an anti-gun article written by then Deputy Chief Frank Parkhouse.
- Organized over forty gun shows.
- Brought prominent pro-gun speakers into the Niagara area.
- Maintained contact with sympathetic MPP’s and MP’s.
- Written numerous pro-gun “Letters to the Editor” in local and national newspapers.
- Published a quarterly newsletter which reaches over 5,000 households in and around the Niagara area.
- Co-ordinated a “Sea of Green” program which placed over one thousand “Remember Bill C-68 when you Vote” signs around the Niagara Peninsula during the 1997, 2000, and 2004 election campaigns.
- Ran a series of ads in nearly every newspaper in the Niagara Peninsula, detailing the provisions of C-68 and the despotic tendencies of the Liberal Party.