Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis

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Applauding the end of the gun registry?

Mr. Paynter, the P.E.I. Chairman of Delta Waterfowl, has a long way to go in understanding the place of the Conservatives "Firearms Registry", their Bill C-19 and it relationship to the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act. Rather than the "registry" coming into effect about 20 years ago it was the Firearms Act. The new licensing component of that Act began racking up the bills long before the Act's later requirement of registration. Well over 1 billion dollars of the 2 billion dollars spent to date was accrued by that new licensing of firearm Owners. The registration of long-guns only took up a fraction of the 2 billion dollar total.

It is extremely important to note that it is the licencing component of the Firearms Act that makes criminals out of hunters and farmers. The Conservatives’ Bill C-19 leaves that criminalization firmly entrenched in sections 91 and 92 of the Criminal Code. Mr. Payner stated that when "someone's registration card is due to expire, they get a threatening letter telling how they are now criminals" The reality is that registrations do not expire. Licenses expire every 5 years, and when they do that is when the threats begin. Under Bill C-19 the only thing that changes is now the Conservatives, not the Liberals, will be responsible for the threats.

If the Conservative do not correct this injustice and decriminalize the mere possession of firearms by removing Sections 91 and 92 of the Criminal Code and eliminating the licensing component of the Firearms Act, responsible hunters and farmers will remain criminals. Until such time as they do the Conservatives deserve no applause.

Al Muir
Stellarton, Nova Scotia
10 November 2011