Federal Government Introduces Legislation to End the Long Gun Registry
October 25, 2011 For Immediate Release OTTAWA – On October 25th in the House of Commons, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, introduced the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act.
The Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act will:
- Repeal the requirement to register non-restricted firearms (long-guns);
Provide for the destruction of all records pertaining to the registration of long-guns currently contained in the Canadian Firearms Registry and under the control of the chief firearms officers; and
- Maintain controls over restricted and prohibited firearms. Earl Dreeshen, the Member of Parliament for Red Deer, says that public safety is better addressed through different initiatives.
“The registration of long-guns is not effective in combating gun crime. What it does is criminalize honest, law abiding firearms owners,” said Dreeshen. “Our Government remains committed to putting the safety of Canadians first with real action on crime that delivers enhanced protection for communities. That is why our government is investing in a number of effective measures such as putting more police on our streets, fighting organized crime, introducing mandatory minimum penalties for serious gun crime and combating gun smuggling.” Under the proposed reforms, firearms owners will still require a valid firearm licence to purchase or possess firearms and to purchase ammunition.
“The Harper Government has always been clear; by eliminating the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry, we can instead focus our efforts on measures that actually tackle crime and make our streets and communities safe,” said Minister Toews. “Our Government will continue to uphold our commitment to effective gun control measures that help keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and off our streets.” The Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure that gun control in this country is focused on fighting crime, keeping firearms out of the wrong hands and minimizing burdens on law-abiding gun owners.