The motion was made in the Canadian Senate yesterday to debate for the final time Bill C-19, a bill to do away with the unrestricted firearms registry. Notice was given that a motion to limit debate to six hours will be given today. Senator Lang opened the show with reflection that the first time such legislation had been passed it took only a year for Parliament to get the message that “There has been very general representation that the existing law operated too rigorously, lent itself to abuses and subjected citizens to unnecessary annoyance.” and kill it. This time, even with modern communication, it took 17 years.
Senator Lang went on to point out some of the flaws of the registry that should be considered by those giving “sober second thought”:
“Did honourable senators know that there is a glue gun registered now in the registry? Its entry is as follows: “Mastercraft” with a serial number.
Did honourable senators know there are thousands upon thousands of firearms all registered with the same number and the same serial number?
As well, honourable senators, it is common knowledge that there are millions of long guns that have never, ever been registered.”
He quoted shooter Linda Thom:
“I’m accorded fewer legal rights than a criminal. Measures enacted by Bill C-68 allow police to enter my home at any time without a search warrant because I own registered firearms, yet the same police must have a search warrant to enter the home of a criminal. I’m not arguing that criminals should not have this right — they should. I’m arguing that this right should be restored to me and all Canadian firearms owners.”
He called on senators to do the right thing and end the registry.