Firearms Owners Association
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Mr. Edward Burke Hudson
Dear Mr. Hudson:
Thank you for the letter you sent me with respect to the Liberal government's useless gun registry. The sad truth is that every shooting reported by the media proves the $2 billion firearms program is useless and not working -- even if the Liberals can't or won't admit it. If the gun was unregistered -- it failed! If the gun was registered -- it failed! If the gun owner was unlicenced -- it failed! If the gun owner was licenced -- it failed! The other sad truth for all of us is that as long as the Liberals remain in power, taxpayers are going to be saddled with this boondoggle -- no matter how many billions are wasted on it.
After asking the Liberals nearly 30 times, they have finally estimated that it will take until December 31, 2007, to fully implement the Firearms Act. However, they are still keeping Parliament in the dark about how much it will really cost. Here is a list of Firearms Program costs still unaccounted for by the Liberals: (1) Enforcement Costs - estimated to be more than $750 million; (2) Compliance Costs - estimated to be more than $367 million; (3) Economic Costs - a "Cabinet Secret" since 1999; (4) Cost/Benefit Analysis - a "Cabinet Secret" since 2003; (5) Total "Indirect Costs" for all Departments/Agencies; (6) Total "Direct and Indirect Costs" for provinces, territories & municipalities; (7) $42 million to address the "Criminal use of guns" still a "Cabinet Secret"; (8) The cost for police to register police firearms; (9) The cost for police to destroy all the guns they seize; (10) The cost to "verify" five million of the guns in the registry; (11) The cost to track down and issue firearm licences to more than 311,000 owners of registered handguns; (12) The cost to track down and re-register 605,000 handguns and prohibited firearms; (13) The cost to register millions of rifles and shotguns in Canada according to import and export records; (14) The status and all details of the $371 million "privatization" contracts; and (15) How many of the 1,800 employees (as of April 2001) are still working in and for the firearms program in all levels of government?
With the full support of our Leader Stephen Harper and our Caucus, both MPs and Senators, here are some of the things we have done for taxpayers on the firearms file in the last year:
There is only one way to fix this mess and that is to elect a Conservative government. We promise to repeal Bill C-68 and return gun laws to the way they were before 1995. Then I personally promise that I will start the task of fixing all the flaws in federal firearm laws by including a sunset clause on all gun control laws that have been proven by the Auditor General not to be cost effective at reducing the criminal use of firearms and improving public safety.
Garry Breitkreuz, MP