Firearms Owners Association
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Minister of Public Safety
May 02, 2013
"please note that firearms licencing provisions will remain in place."
Mr. Edward B. Hudson
Dear Mr. Hudson:
The Office of the Prime Minister has forwarded to me your correspondence of March 7, 2013, seeking a meeting to discuss firearms control in Canada.
On April 5, 2012, Bill C-19 received Royal Assent and came into force, thereby removing the requirement for individuals and businesses to register non-restricted firearms. The Ending the Long-gun Registry Act also provides for the deletion of all the data associated with the long-gun registry. These records were deleted as of October 31, 2012, with the exception of data related to non-restricted firearms in Quebec, as the matter continues to be before the courts.
It is my pleasure to inform you that we have also recently taken steps to address the concerns of firearms owners with respect to regulations regarding gun shows and the marking of firearms. The Gun Shows Regulations have been repealed and the coming into force of the Firearms Marking Regulations has been deferred until December 1, 2013, to allow for extensive consultations on the way forward. With the completion of these intiatives, I will assess the need for further reforms.
Since taking office, we've built a strong record of cracking down on those who threaten the safety and security of law-abiding citizens. Our Tackling Violent Crime Act, which came into force in 2008, imposed stronger mandatory minimum penalties for serious firearms crimes, particularly those linked to gangs and organized crime. We strengthened the dangerous offender provisions by creating a "reverse onus" on bail in cases where individuals are charged with serious firearms offences. We toughened the laws on drive-by shootings, and we also toughened the laws so that all homicides committed in the context of organized crime are treated as first-degree murder.
In addition, all of the components of our Safe Street and Communities Act are now in force. These include measures to increase penalties for organized drug crimes, measures to better protect Canadians from violent young offenders, and measures to end house arrest for serious crimes.
While we have lived up to our promise to abolish the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry, please do note that firearms licencing provisions will remain in place, as well requirements regarding restricted and prohibited firearms and safe storage and transportation.
With respect to your request for a meeting to discuss firearms control, I regret to inform you that my present schedule does not permit me the opportunity to accept an invitation at this time.
Thank you again for your kind invitation and for taking the time to share your views.
Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P.