Background, Origins & Purpose
Regina Gun Safety & Licensing started in 2012 by Peter Quesnel, a Master Firearms Instructor for the province of Saskatchewan. RGSL’s mission is to drive home points about gun laws and safety concepts during Canadian Firearm Safety Courses. Now with staff from a variety of backgrounds, RGSL has firearms instructors using iterative, awesome teaching methods that aim to keep students engaged for the whole day.
RGSL’s most common tools of the trade include PowerPoint projectors, disabled training firearms, dummy ammunition of various calibres and gauges, in-person how-to demonstrations, relevant media articles/former case examples, and plenty of time at courses for handling exercises, forms, and Q&A.
RGSL teaches the Canadian Firearms Safety Course using real-world interesting examples that will make sure your learning isn’t boring – we help beginners and seasoned-veterans alike form useful and safe shooting habits when leading Non-Restricted and Restricted courses – mandatory in Canada to get the PAL and RPAL respectively.
RGSL tries to ensure our students become safety ambassadors in recreational shooting communities in Saskatchewan (and across Canada). We want people to understand the regulations clearly, so that they can explain the rules to others as well.
We are Canadians first, and recreational shooters second. RGSL instils a sense of safety and responsibility in Saskatchewan shooters and also helps to network/connect people with each other in the rapidly growing Canadian sport/target shooting community. A person who comes to RGSL to get their gun license will certainly leave remembering that they operate in the wider context of the country/world we all live in. Many people aren’t comfortable around firearms, so it’s our collective responsibility as safe shooters to hold ourselves to a high, legal, safe set of standards when locking, transporting and using guns in general.
We have a strong focus on reducing the number of calls to police for service where firearms are involved – many calls for service could be prevented with a little common sense on the part of the gun owner/user.
Realistically speaking, the Firearms Act is vague/unclear on a number of points and so many Canadians could end up charged with Criminal Code “administrative” offences while dealing with firearms in their day-to-day lives. Instead of leaving oneself to the mercy of a Crown prosecutor or a judge to sort out, RGSL teaches our students to go above and beyond to be as safe and legal as possible/reasonable at all times to try to avoid trouble and headaches later.
Just because something is strictly “legal” under the Firearms Act, it doesn’t make it a best practice – 1,100 Canadians per year are charged with unsafe storage/transport (StatCan, 2011) and so it’s a good idea to go above and beyond, checking with the RCMP/CFO to make sure everything you do is legal!
In Canada, firearms ownership is considered a privilege rather than a constitutionally-protected right as is the case with the Second Amendment in the United States, much like how the ability to drive a car is considered a privilege – it can be taken away in Canada if there is a reason to revoke it.
Canada’s gun-control system is arguably more socially responsible system than laws that American states have, and the much lower historical rates of gun deaths in Canada reflect cultural differences. RGSL fully supports the RCMP and the Canadian Firearms Program, and prioritizes a social approach to gun education – for every safe shooter we train, they themselves become likely to watch out for others’ training and safety in kind.
Many members of our team regularly focus on gender equality. Often, women are marginalized in shooting sports and find that gun culture is an “old boys’ club”. RGSL seeks to dispel that old-school notion and introduces a higher-than-average number of ladies to the shooting sports – on their own terms. With instructors like Annie running seasonal Ladies-Only courses – that means making a safe, comfortable and inviting environment for women to come and learn in a low-pressure environment without having to deal with outside pressure.
Our mission at RGSL is to make sure that the core principles of safety and responsibility are embedded in our teaching of the RCMP Canadian Firearms Safety Course, and we strive to make sure we take the time to talk to every student about their specific needs.
Some of our staff have more advanced firearms qualifications – such as weapon-specific courses with Agoge Tactical Regimen or Range Officer qualifications. RGSL staff make a habit of visiting a variety of different civilian, commercial, law enforcement and military gun ranges and armouries in Canada and internationally.
All of us here at RGSL are originally from the Prairies. Staff try hard to communicate effectively in written and spoken English with our students, to make sure we’re as open, friendly, and as reasonable as possible as instructors. RGSL works with the RCMP, and with other municipal police departments in the province.
We do our best to show others that responsible firearm ownership can be a neat hobby – but is one that must be done safely!
So whether you want to hunt, go target shooting on weekends, have questions about gun laws, or want to start a collection of cool guns from throughout history… If you are looking to get your PAL/RPAL courses done, register online with RGSL!