Paving the Way for C-19, An Act to End the Long Gun Registry

From the minutes of the Committee on Public Safety and National Security:“Candice Hoeppner moved, — That, pursuant to the motion adopted Tuesday, September 27, 2011, giving priority to government bills, should Bill C-19, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act, stand referred to the Committee, the Clerk shall make arrangements for an appearance by the Minister of Public Safety on Thursday, November 3, 2011.”

The bill was referred to the committee as a result of a motion in the House today. It looks as though Candice Hoeppner is getting even with the way she was treated by the Lieberals and NDP last time around. The Government appears to be wanting this thing home by Christmas. Amen.

UPDATE The committee meeting scheduled for 1100 on 2011-11-3 was cancelled on short notice. No reason was given.

UPDATE Just read a sound article in the Toronto SUN: Goodbye and good riddance to long gun registry
“There’s a good reason why the long gun registry’s supporters still don’t get why it needs to end, with its data destroyed.

It’s simple: Their names aren’t on it.”


About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Paving the Way for C-19, An Act to End the Long Gun Registry

  1. Registration of firearms is totally unlike registration of automobiles. With automobiles, each vehicle comes from the factory with a unique identifier affixed. Firearms do not. Stickers come off with gun cleaners. Firearms may have serial numbers but there is nothing to say the makers do not have identical serial numbers on different varieties. Then, legally, the firearm is just the receiver and one can change the barrel, magazine etc. and make a quite different firearm so maker, S/N, calibre, length of barrel, magazine etc. are not unique identifiers of a firearm.

    Registering firearms is more like registering wooden matches, futile. 90% of the records in the existing registry are erroneous because not enough expertise was used to enter the data and the process is essentially flawed by definition. The premise of the registry was that firearms could be uniquely identified and they cannot. One cannot even require manufacturers to provide unique identification because there are already nearly 30million firearms in the country and owners will not allow them to be destroyed. The registry of long guns was essentially a “feel-good” exercise at the taxpayers’ expense. Most of the provinces are not interested in repeating that mistake. Quebec is indeed different in that respect but corruption is a way of life there and perhaps the corrupt see the registry as another generator of employment.

    The registry is so flawed it provides a defence for criminals. Any evidence from it carries a presumption of error large enough that juries give the accused the benefit of a doubt.

  2. Kolter says:

    I wonder if they’ll impose a waiting period to long-gun purchases?

    Also, I hope the provinces don’t have the where-with-all to start their own registries.

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