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June 7, 2002

7 June 2002

Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association to provide Firearms Safety Courses Provincially

The following is from the Canadian Firearms Centre of the Department of Justice.

Edmonton, June 6, 2002 -- The Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association (AHEIA) has entered an agreement with the Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC), to provide firearm safety courses throughout Alberta.

Effective September 1, 2002, AHEIA will be the sole organization responsible for the delivery of Canadian Firearm Safety Courses (CFSC) and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Courses (CRFSC) in Alberta. All current instructors will be offered membership in AHEIA, allowing them to continue teaching the firearms safety course in the province and maintain their designation.

CFSC/CRFSC courses stress the importance of proper handling, the safe storage and safe transportation of firearms, as well as the legal and social responsibilities associated with firearm ownership. It is mandatory to pass the CFSC test (and the CRFSC test to own restricted firearms) to obtain a Possession and Acquisition Licence, the only licence now available to firearm owners since the new licensing requirements came into effect on January 1st, 2001.

Under this agreement, AHEIA will provide trained instructors to deliver CFSC and CFRSC courses in all communities in Alberta. In addition, AHEIA will provide schedules for the delivery of courses, advertise the schedules, and coordinate the distribution to instructors of all manuals, tests and other training materials.

"The agreement between the CFC and AHEIA is an excellent example of the solid partnerships that have been forged with stakeholders of the firearms program in our shared objective of public safety," said the Honourable Martin Cauchon, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada. "This also ensures that firearms enthusiasts will benefit from continuity of course content and quality service at a reasonable cost."

"We are ready, willing and able to provide this service to Albertans" said Robert Gruszecki, President of AHEIA. "We have a good reputation for providing top quality service in teaching conservation and hunter education courses and we have very high standards for safety and supervision."

Albertans who are interested in taking a firearm safety course or in training to become instructors of the CFSC/CRFSC should contact AHEIA at its Calgary offices, (403) 252-8474 or by email at

More information on Canada's Firearms Program, including safety course requirements is available by calling 1-800 731-4000.

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