It’s almost laughable watching the hair-on-fire across the Canadian Internet over CanPar’s decision, effective immediately, to stop carrying firearms and ammunition.
Here’s what I know so far:
1. Canpar and Loomis are both owned by TFI International, a transportation conglomerate based in Saint-Laurent, Quebec.
2. As a privately owned company, CanPar is free to make whatever decision it believes is in its own best interests. That includes refusing to ship firearms and ammunition (or any other product).
3. While spokespeople and gun owners across the web insist CanPar caved to some ‘woke mob‘ or other political pressure, the reality is nobody knows why CanPar made this decision or why it gave longstanding customers no notice of it.
CanPar execs will explain themselves in due course, I am led to believe, but that hasn’t happened as of the time of publication.
4. I am waiting to find out why the decision was made before coming to any conclusions about its motives.
For all we know the RCMP revoked their permission to transport firearms and ammunition because of the many published accounts of CanPar leaving firearms and ammunition on peoples’ front doors – despite the requirement for a signature to prove delivery.
“I’m willing to bet they got in shit too many times for delivering guns and ammo to the wrong address or leaving it outside without signatures.”
The Usual Suspects
The usual suspects are going Live on Facebook and issuing mighty press releases to assure us ‘they’re working hard for Canada’s gun owners’.
Of course they are.
Any injustice, whether real or imagined, is a great moneymaker for some firearm groups – even when the issue is none of their business.
Responding to and dealing with the fallout of CanPar’s decision is solely the responsibility of The Canadian Sporting Arms And Ammunition Association (CSAAA) – Canada’s firearms industry association – and they’ve been on this since news first broke.
When CSAAA has something to announce, they will do so.
While there is no information available the CSAAA website, NFA President Sheldon Clare says this entire fur-ball may be vomited out as fast as it became lodged in our collective throats.
CSAAA and NFA have communicated on this matter, and we are optimistic that service may be restored.
In the meantime, please remain calm about the matter, and especially do not make angry statements about Canpar and TFI.
That last bit is great advice.
Let’s hope that is true but, even if service is restored, there are literally dozens of other shipping options for Canadian firearms and ammunition retailers.
My bet is many of those firearm businesses hung out to dry with no notice will seek one of those alternatives, no matter what CanPar and Loomis decide.
The way people are freaking out about this CanPar decision, you would think Canada Post – the only shipping option specifically mandated by the Regulations for Canada’s Firearms Act – vanished from the face of the earth on May 27th, taking every other shipping company with them.
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David Rowe says
Can par is a zero star company in western Canada, nothing but a lazy bunch of incompetent goofs. Minus five star company, don’t use them for anything, period. My opinion before this announcement.
Colleen Lundy says
There are not ‘literally dozens of other shipping options’ when you live in the middle of Nowhere Saskatchewan. We have 2 courier companies that come to our small town, Loomis and Purolator, neither of which will now handle firearms or ammunition. We can not get most things ordered shipped by Canada Post because we live in the country and most businesses will not ship to a box number, which is how we get our mail. As it is, we have to get our courier parcels sent to someone else who lives in town. Not everyone in Canada live in a city or town.
Christopher di Armani says
I hear you loud and clear, Colleen, as I live in the middle of nowhere BC with a PO Box. I’ve gotten around those limitations from time to time by using the post office’s physical address along with the box number.
Donna Bilozir says
Hi there, not sure where you get your information, however I would like this list of dozens of other shipping options for firearms and ammunition?
Purolator does not ship firearms unless you are part of their program and it seems they only allow government affiliated companies in that program. UPS is available for limited quantities.
I know of no other shipping company available in Canada to ship firearms and limited quantities., so please enlighten me.
Thanks so much.
Christopher di Armani says
I linked to it directly in the commentary, but here it is again.
Lynn Cournoyer says
I have to wonder how much money they were promised to drop these shipments? Another kick in the face to all law abiding firearms owners. I live remotely and I have to travel to their depots to pick up anything. That is a 3 hour round trip.
Pete Turnbull says
Just had to cancel an ammunition order from an Ontario gun and ammo dealer in Toronto area
It started out that the ups courier would deliver 2 boxes of ammo that weigh less. Than 2 lbs
At a fee of $34 more than the total order
So then next day I was informed by email that the only courier left was Purolator and. That they needed an additional $14 on the same order
So the bottom line was $50 shipping on anorder of ,$64
So obviously I cancelled
And then I complained to the local Mp
And even that wasn’t right lol
Because it’s Federal
So will try again directly to OTOOLE