Automatic? No. It'll take some paperwork and I don't know how long it'll take. The officer I talked to about this topic last year told me to contact him AFTER the vote. He hasn't responded to any e-mails since that talk, and an e-mail to the general CFO account hasn't helped either. I need to wait until Monday if the vote passes.
We need to keep SFGC "running" as long as we can in order to have any kind of smooth transition. All this would require is to keep the society "active" and to grant us 2021 SFGC memberships, when people join the new firearms society, to keep the RCMP happy. We should be able to find a way to make this work with the giant unknown of the RCMP.
If the membership vote to approve the resolution to donate the club property and facilities to the City of Surrey the current club RCMP range license will be maintained by the club until the license is transferred to the City of Surrey. Representatives from the City have been in communication with the RCMP on the transfer as has the club Range Director. With the transfer, the Semiahmoo Target Sports Society will be responsible for the operation of the range and will be able to issue the appropriate membership cards
Over the past months the City of Surrey has been fully engaged in discussions with the RCMP to ensure the transition of the range license if the membership decides to donate the club property and facilities to the City. Below is yesterday’s update on this issue from the City’s senior manager responsible for the negotiations with the club.
“In terms of the status of the transfer of the range license from SFGC to the City, I have been in touch with the RCMP Shooting Clubs and Shooting Range Coordinator on this topic. I have been in touch with Allan Johanson on this topic, too, as recently as December 2020. I understand that he has also reached out to the Shooting Clubs and Shooting Range Coordinator, though I have not been in touch with Allan since then. Allan has mentioned that, in his experience with the RCMP in obtaining a Shooting Range Approval document, it can take some time to obtain. In my conversations with the RCMP last autumn, I was given the impression that it should be a fairly smooth transition. Once confirmation of the change of ownership is received, I will move this forward to next steps with the RCMP.”
Here is what the RCMP needs us to do in order to be an "approved" shooting club, that will satisfy the CFO to grant members firearms license renewals and a long term ATT:
Request for Approval of Shooting Club
4 (1) A person who wishes to establish and operate a shooting club shall submit a request for approval to the provincial minister and provide the following information in the request:
(a) the applicant’s name, address, phone number and, if applicable, facsimile number and electronic mail address;
(b) with respect to each member or officer of the club
(i) his or her name, address and phone number, and
(ii) the number of his or her licence to possess firearms or, if one does not exist, his or her date of birth; and
(c) the name and address of each approved shooting range that the shooting club uses for target practice or target shooting competitions.
(2) The request for an approval of a shooting club must be accompanied by the following documentation:
(a) the articles of incorporation of the shooting club or other documentation sufficient to demonstrate that it is a non-profit organization;
(b) evidence of at least $2,000,000 of commercial general liability insurance with coverage on an occurrence basis; and
(c) evidence confirming that the shooting club has permission to use at least one shooting range referred to in paragraph (1)(c) or a shooting range maintained by the Minister of National Defence under the National Defence Act.
We need our insurance in place before we can begin this process. It won't be immediate, and this will negatively impact club members who ONLY belong to SFGC/STSS and who have a license renewal coming up in the next 3-6 months. It's unlikely we'll be approved in time for them, and I'm already aware of a couple members who will be joining other clubs to get their license renewed.
To clarify another point - yes, I have reached out to the CFO to find out more information, and they have not gotten back to me. So I have nothing to report in the way of true progress on information, since the RCMP has been unresponsive to my several inquiries.
I did have a nice 37 minute long talk with a person at the RCMP yesterday though. She understands what I'd like, and said it sounds very reasonable, yet even she wasn't sure what the bureaucracy of the RCMP would allow. Especially when we are in a time sensitive situation.
So we wait....
I think the city will have a better chance of getting a response if this thing goes through.