Edward L. Burlew, LL.B., Barrister and Solicitor, is a Canadian lawyer and gun rights advocate. He is one of only three lawyers in Canada who specializes in the byzantine labyrinth of contradictions that is Canadian gun law, being widely recognized as possibly the foremost expert on the subject in that country.
 Personal life
Burlew was born in southern New Jersey, USA, where his father was the area representative for the National Rifle Association. The young Burlew was an avid participant in shooting sports and hunting from an early age, bagging his first deer at age 10. His family immigrated to Canada and settled in the province of Ontario while he was in his early teens.
Burlew's involvement in shooting sports remained strong after moving to Canada, where he continued to hunt, where he continued participating in rifle competitions and casual target and clay shooting. He also currently has his IPSC Black Badge in handgun shooting. His wife and daughter are also active firearm enthusiasts.
 Legal career
His current practice consists largely of Canadian hunters, gun owners' groups, shooting ranges, suppliers, police officers, Canadian military personnel, and individuals charged with having unlicensed firearms or unsafe storage of such firearms. He has also represented clients who have been denied firearms licences because of medical conditions such as periodic depression or cancer.
Due to his "need to maintain a high level of credibility," (particularly important in the hostile, anti-gun Canadian political environment) Burlew does not accept gang members or others engaged in illegal activities as clients.
 Prominent cases
- In 2004, Burlew was the lead council defending Canadian gunsmith and anti-firearms registry lobbyist Bruce Montague, until being replaced by Calvin Martin.
- In 2011, Burlew represented Ontarian Ian Thompson when he was charged with violations of the Firearms Act after firing warning shots at several men who were throwing molotov cocktails at his house! (Nope, not making that up.)
- Love, Myron. "Burlew fires bull’s-eye in defending firearms violation cases." Canadian Lawyer March 2011.
- "Montagues change legal counsel" The Dryden Observer December 15, 2004.
- di Armani, Christopher. "Man defends himself, gets charged, while attempted murderer run free" January 9, 2011
- Selick, Karen. "It's time to stop prosecuting the victim" Edmonton Journal February 17, 2011.