Who is the 1000
Jim Smith was born in Edmonton Alberta, the son of Saskatchewan born parents who had left that province to seek their fortunes in the Alberta Oil patch during the ”’Hungry Thirties” (Great Depression). As the son, grandson, great grandson and so on of a long line of hunters and shooters it was perhaps inevitable that he would be interested in the shooting sports. In fact he became interested at an early age in all aspects of the world of “arms and armour”. While still in high school he was active in the protest against the gun control proposals emanating from the Progressive Conservative government of the day. His election as gun club president while still in school marked a beginning of a lifetime of political effort.
He graduated from the University of Alberta and spent four years in the north in a community that only recently had seen the closing of its residential school. During this time he remained an active collector, specializing in ammunition and single shot rifles. After moving back south he became active in club activities again and, inevitably in the heavy protests that attended the Liberal gun control legislation. It was then in 1978, when he first joined the National Firearms Association, becoming well acquainted with both Ray Laycock and Dave Tomlinson.
By the 1980’s he was fully involved in the firearms community politically and as a dealer, gun show and gun auction promoter, gun show judge, collector and shooter, It was during this time that he first started fund raising for the newly reorganized NFA. It was also at this time that he met Dr. Wilf Backhaus a PhD philosopher and lawyer. Wilf was a strong supporter of firearms owners’ rights, although not a gun owner himself. Backhaus was instrumental in teaching Jim much about the law and its application.
By the early 1990’s he was Director of Finance for the NFA, and a qualified expert witness on modern and antique firearms and their ammunition. During the massive Kim Campbell gun grab he was extremely active and it was this that brought his activism as director of the fledgling Reform Party. Previously he had sat on constituency boards of both the Liberal and Progressive Conservatives representing the firearms owner’s views.
In 1999 he served as an expert witness into the deaths of Connie and Ty Jacobs, called because of his status as a civilian expert as the case involved a police shooting. This marked the end of a busy time in the firearms world as family changes caused him to withdraw from active firearms politics for much of the next decade.
Concerns for the path the NFA was following and representations from some current directors caused him to become active again where he represented Saskatchewan on th NFA Board of Directors in recent years before being removed under false allegations in 2014.
Jim is currently retired, spends his time between Saskatchewan and Alberta and is a familiar sight at gun shows in the area. The 1000 video presentations will, eventually fill in much of this brief outline,