Muslim Religious Exemption for Firearm License Photographs?

Updated: April 25, 2017

You can't make this stuff up.

TheRebel.Media reporter and gun lover Faith Goldy discovered, quite by accident, a religious exemption to the photograph requirement exists for anyone not wanting to show their face, specifically for religious reasons. It's not new nor is it specifically for Muslims.  It's for any person of any faith who does not want their photograph taken.

The exemption makes a mockery of the "public safety" claim made for licensing firearm owners.

All that's required is a declaration from the individual and another letter from their religious leader or organization confirming their opposition to being photographed and Voila!

They'll be issued a firearms license with NO PHOTOGRAPH.

Kinda defeats the purpose of licensing, doesn't it, if you completely invalidate the identification requirement?

Here is the full text of Section 14(2) of the Firearms Licenses Regulations.  Read it and weep.  Or laugh. Or cry.  I can't decide which is appropriate!

(2) An application that is made by an individual who, for religious reasons, cannot be photographed must be accompanied by

  • (a) a declaration, signed by the applicant, stating that the applicant cannot, for religious reasons, be photographed; and

  • (b) a declaration, signed by an individual who is of the same religion as the applicant and who is authorized under the laws of a province to solemnize marriages, stating that that religion prohibits the taking of photographs of its members and that the applicant is a member of that religion.

For the full story on this latest Firearms Act stupidity watch Faith Goldy's video.  As usual, she's awesome.

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