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- Is a personal project of Nicolas Johnson (me). I am based in Toronto, Canada.
- Is independent and unaffiliated. See below for disclosures on ethics, interests and payments.
- Main media:
- TheGunBlog.ca website
- TheGunBlog.ca e-newsletters
- Books, as co-author (Amazon Bestsellers):
- 2019: Canadian Gun Owners Guide to Election 2019
- 2018: The Bill C-71 Book
- More About the TheGunBlog.ca
- Reader Comments
- Read my feature interview with U.S. Firearms News (May 2020)
- Watch my interview with Omni TV (August 2019)
About Nicolas Johnson
- Started TheGunBlog.ca in January 2015.
- Ran as a candidate for the Ontario legislature (Queen’s Park).
- Worked as a financial reporter and editor with Bloomberg News in Europe and Asia, followed by a stint with The Globe and Mail in Toronto.
- Degrees from Queen’s University in Canada, and the Sorbonne in France.
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TheGunBlog.ca in the Media
Quotes, Mentions and Links
- CBC Radio Saskatchewan: Blue Sky
- Radio Canada International: The Gun Debate in Canada: Where Lies Truth? Part 1
- CBC News New Brunswick: N.B. COVID-19 Roundup: Costs of Guns, Ammunition Could Go Up
- The Canadian Press via
- CityNews Toronto: Gun Policy a Stand-In for Other Issues in Crowded Conservative Leadership Race
- CP24: COVID, Law Fears Fuel Spike in Firearms, Ammunition Sales Across Canada
- CTV News: Gun-Rights Advocates React to Toronto’s Call for a Handgun Ban
- CTV News: COVID, Law Fears Fuel Spike in Firearms, Ammunition Sales Across Canada
- Edmonton Sun: COVID, Law Fears Fuel Spike in Firearms, Ammunition Sales Across Canada
- Global News: Gun Policy a Stand-In for Other Issues in Crowded Conservative Leadership Race
- The Globe and Mail: Call for Toronto handgun ban reignites passionate gun control debate
- HuffPost Canada: COVID, Law Fears Fuel Spike in Firearms, Ammunition Sales Across Canada
- National Post: Call for Toronto handgun ban reignites passionate gun control debate
- National Post: COVID, Law Fears Fuel Spike in Firearms, Ammunition Sales Across Canada
- Ottawa Citizen: COVID, Law Fears Fuel Spike in Firearms, Ammunition Sales Across Canada
- Le Quotidien: Les Ventes D'Armes et de Munitions en Hausse, Selon des Détaillants
- Red Deer Advocate: Call for Toronto handgun ban reignites passionate gun control debate
- Toronto Star: Call for Toronto handgun ban after Danforth shooting reignites passionate gun control debate
- Winnipeg Free Press: Call for Toronto handgun ban reignites passionate gun control debate
- Winnipeg Free Press: COVID, Law Fears Fuel Spike in Firearms, Ammunition Sales Across Canada
- CTV News
- Daily Caller
- Trudeau Bans ‘Military-Grade Assault Weapons’ In Canada, Considers Confiscation
- Trudeau Plans ‘To Ban Military-Style Assault Rifles’ — Critics Ask, Meaning What?
- Printing a Gun in Canada Could Get You 10 Years in Jail
- Trudeau Dodges Questions on Total Handgun Ban in Toronto
- Toronto Asks Trudeau Government for Total Handgun Ban in City
- The Economist
- The Globe and Mail
- Omni TV
— Sergio Mourato (@OMNITVSergio) August 19, 2019
- Rebel News
- Saint-Catharines Standard
- Saskatoon StarPhoenix
- Stoney Creek News
- Toronto Star
- The True North Initiative
- Canadian Shooting Sports Association: Regularly featured in E-News
- National Firearms Association: Regularly at the top of the Daily Media Report
- Calibre Magazine
- U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA) News, NRA-ILA
- Bearing Arms
- The Firearm Blog
- Firearms News
- Canada's New Gun Ban: OH, CANADA! An Interview with Nicholas Johnson of TheGunBlog.ca Regarding Canada's New Gun Ban
- Airbnb Financing Group Campaigning Against Canadian Gun Owners
- Trudeau Renews Pledge of Mass Gun Bans, To Address Parliament
- Canadian Leftists Want Gun Owners Removed from Cities and Massive Gun Confiscation
- Toronto Police Chief Doesn't Support Gun Bans
- Ontario, Canada Chief Firearms Officer Comments on AR-15 Buying Surge and Gun Licensing
- Trudeau Gun Ban Targets 200,000 Long Guns: Global News
- Justice for Gun Owners
- Chat Groups: Canadian Gun Nutz, Gun Owners of Canada, Reddit.com/r/CanadaGuns, Glock Talk, Army.ca, Navy.ca, Nova Scotia Hunting, Outdoors Men Forum, …
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Ethics, Interests, Payments and Privacy
- I do my utmost to provide good (accurate and beneficial) ideas and information.
- I am committed to independence, accuracy, credibility, fairness, transparency and other values of journalism ethics.
- Nothing on this website constitutes legal advice, tactical advice or any other advice.
Independence, Alignment of Interests
- I choose what I publish. Nobody pays me to publish anything.
- I am a past, present or future customer or member of many of the businesses, associations and political parties that I write about, e.g. gun stores, manufacturers, clubs, trainers, ranges, CSSA, CCFR, NFA, SFC, NRA, Conservative Party of Canada, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, …
- I don’t have any financial or other interest in any business, organization or topic that I cover, beyond wanting a strong and profitable firearm industry and shooting community.
- I seek payments through subscriptions/memberships, donations and sales.
- I receive payments and donations from individuals, businesses, associations, etc. that I write about. In most cases, I don’t know the identity or the affiliations of payers.
- I get paid to speak at gun clubs, associations, and other places. I also speak for free.
- I earn a commission from the Store if you use my links to buy products from Amazon or Cabela’s Canada.
- Update 22 October 2018: I have a complimentary membership from a target range.
- Update 09 June 2019: I have a complimentary subscription to a newspaper.
Benefits as Media
- I benefit from advantages generally accorded to media, such as invitations and permissions to attend private events. These include trade shows, factory tours and range events that may offer the use of guns and ammo without charge or for a small fee, and may include meals.
- I have accepted standard trade-show swag of nominal value, such as pens, pins, keychains, baseball caps, coffee mugs, coasters, a book and a paper target.
Privacy & Security
- I value personal privacy and data security.
- If you e-mail me, I consider it private and confidential. I expect the same consideration from you.
- I will never sell, rent, reveal or abuse your personal information. I can’t think of any time I have ever asked for it.
- I use subscriber information such as e-mail addresses to share information relevant and related to TheGunBlog.ca, such as managing subscriptions and memberships.
- I don’t store the name or credit-card info of members on my servers.
- Risks always exist from the use of many software applications and services, e.g. Amazon, Gmail, MailChimp, PayPal, Stripe, WordPress, several WordPress add-ons/plugins.