Canadian Long-Gun Registry Finally Destined For Scrap Heap Of History

Canadian Shooting Sports Association
Canadian Shooting Sports Association

OTTAWA, Canada – -( Good riddance to the long-gun registry — possibly the most unfair and useless legislation ever to have been passed by Parliament of Canada.

In the wake of many hours of debate and anti-gun rhetoric from the opposition and lobbyists, the Conservative party has successfully laid the registry to rest with Royal Assent on Bill C-19. Few issues have prompted so many Canadians to sound off on the shortcomings of a Canadian law.

“The Firearms Act has been a thorn in the side of hunters, sport shooters, farmers and heritage firearms enthusiasts for 17 years,” says Tony Bernardo of the Canadian Shooting Sport Association. “We know the registry was a cheap political ploy from a previous government that pretended to keep Canadians safe. It wasn't gun control, and it wasn't designed to do anything but frustrate honest, law-abiding firearms owners.”

The Senate of Canada passed 3rd reading of Bill C-19 to scrap the registry on April 4th. Meanwhile, the Government of Quebec has vowed an injunction to try to prevent the data from being destroyed so it can be turned over to the province.

“Quebec wouldn't know what to do with this data if they got it,” says Bernardo. “The data is legendary for its inaccuracy and it's way beyond its stale date. Quebec couldn't build a workable registry from the dregs of this white elephant because it was never workable in the first place. It's hard to believe that Quebec voters want their tax dollars fed into a paper shredder like this.”

The demise of the registry is the result of a coordinated effort by firearms enthusiasts, wildlife federations and associations from across the country. The Conservative party campaigned on scrapping the registry and its recent majority provides evidence of the widespread appetite for getting rid of this offensive legislation.

“It's been a long, rough road, but we knew we could prevail if we just kept telling the truth,” says Bernardo. “The anti-gun faction had to torque statistics and align themselves with the unions and politically motivated left-wing advocates. Freedom from draconian laws should never be about the left vs. the right, or rural vs. urban interests. Freedom is always about telling the truth. We thank the Harper government and those who have worked tirelessly to put this legislative mess out to pasture.”

For further information, contact:
Tony Bernardo
Canadian Shooting Sports Association
Canadian Institute for Legislative Action
[email protected]

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    1. Re: Canadian Long-Gun Registry Finally Destined For Scrap Heap Of History

      Dear Editor: Here is the text of an Open Letter I sent Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews that may be of interest to your readers.

      Dennis R. Young
      10 Discovery Ridge Close SW
      Calgary, AB T3H 5X3

      OPEN LETTER April 4, 2012

      The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety Public Safety Canada House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

      Dear Minister:

      On Thursday, March 29, 2012 in the House of Commons you said, : “I can indicate our Conservative government does not support treating law-abiding hunters, farmers and sports shooters as criminals.” The sad fact is that law-abiding gun owners will continue to be treated worse than criminals even after the long-gun registry is scrapped. If your statement is true, please explain why does your government still treat millions of honest, trustworthy, upright gun owners as more dangerous than the 324,723 persons prohibited by the courts from owning firearms? For example, licensed gun owners who fail to report their change of address within thirty days could go to jail for up to two years while those prohibited from possessing firearms face no such requirement or criminal penalty. Also, the homes and businesses of licensed gun owners are subject to “inspections” but not those convicted criminals on the list of those prohibited from owning firearms. And pity the more than 338,000 unfortunate gun owners who have let their firearms licenses expire or the millions who forgot to get a license in the first place because they wait nervously for the police (and sometimes even a SWAT team) to arrive to search their homes, seize and destroy their legally acquired property and charge them with unlawful possession of a firearm under Sections 91 or 92 of the Criminal Code of Canada. I say “unfortunate” because even though they had no criminal intent and have not committed an unsafe or violent act, they could go to jail for two, five or even ten years simply for failing to get a piece of paper from your government.

      Before you and your colleagues can honestly say that law-abiding gun owners are no longer treated like criminals, you will have to repeal those “paper crimes” from laws the Liberals rammed through Parliament in 1995 with the passage of Bill C-68. The Leader of Reform Party, the Leader of the Canadian Alliance Party and, according to some of your own constituents, even you used to promise to “Repeal Bill C-68”. The gun control regime that was in place in 1994 only cost the federal government $15 million a year to operate and was just as effective at keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals as the new and improved Liberal anti-gun owner regime in place today that continues to cost taxpayers at least four times that amount annually.

      As you may remember, I worked for Garry Breitkreuz for thirteen years on the firearms file and offer the government my assistance if needed. The evidence clearly shows that law-abiding gun owners are the least likely to be a public safety threat and yet for the last seventeen years the government has placed a very expensive target on our backs all the while ignoring the real threat to police and the public: convicted violent criminals. It makes no sense to spend tens of millions a year to track millions of honest folk like us and not know the whereabouts of a few hundred thousand of the most dangerous persons in Canada. Why are their rights and freedoms more important than ours?


      [Original signed by]

      Dennis R. Young
      10 Discovery Ridge Close SW
      Calgary, AB T3H 5X3

      cc To all Conservative MPs and Senators

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