An ATT (Authorization to Transport) is a page printed off at a Provincial CFO (Chief Firearms Office) and mailed to any owner of a Restricted or Prohibited firearm that requests one. Its purpose is to grant permission to the owner to transport his or her firearms to the range. The thing is, the only place you’re allowed to shoot Restricted or Prohibited firearms is at a range. Why do we need a piece of paper allowing us to do the only thing that we’re allowed to do with these particular firearms?
The gun control advocates would have you believe that your streets are safer because of these pieces of paper. They claim that they (the ATTs) prevent firearm owners from taking their Restricted or Prohibited firearms anywhere else other than the range. This is absolutely true… if you’re a law abiding citizen.
Criminals, on the other hand, generally are not considered law abiding citizens. They do not buy their Restricted or Prohibited firearms from a licenced dealer, but rather the trunk of a car in some dark alley. They do not register their firearms and they certainly do not apply for ATTs to transport them to and from the range.
So what exactly are these ATTs doing to help protect the public? That’s right, you guessed it, nothing. It is nothing more than a wasteful display of bureaucracy in an attempt to make the government appear to be serving some useful purpose in the protection of its citizens.
A Private Member’s Bill was recently introduced in Ottawa called C301. It was a revision to the Firearms Law to repeal the wasteful Long Gun Registry and do away with the useless ATTs; as well as a few other things. It was shot down primarily because the Government still foolishly believes that ATTs still serve some useful purpose.
I’m sorry, but issuing a piece of paper that allows a legal firearms owner to do the only thing he or she was allowed to do in the first place, is not a useful purpose.