Firearms Owners Association
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March 9, 2012
Dear Mr. Hudson,
Thank you for taking the time to write me regarding the elimination of the long-gun registry and my presentation at the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Convention in Lloydminster. It was a really nice convention, and I enjoyed my time.
As you know, Bill C-19 passed its Third Reading vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday, February 15th. The Bill will now undergo review by the Senate before becoming law. We are so close to passing this important legislation and seeing victory for farmers, hunters, and sports shooters across Canada.
Over the years, our Government and Conservative MPs have worked hard to eliminate the long-gun registry. We have stayed true to our belief that the long-gun registry is a wasteful and ineffective tool that does not prevent crime. Instead, it harasses law-abiding Canadians and labels them criminals because they legally own firearms.
Bill C-19 will repeal the requirement to register non-restricted firearms (long-guns). It will also provide for the destruction of all records pertaining to the registration of long-guns in the Canadian Firearms Registry and under the control of the chief firearms officers.
It is our Government’s commitment to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and protect the safety of the public. This being said, we will not be changing the requirement for individuals to hold a license. By requiring a license, Canadians can be assured that those law-abiding citizens in possession of firearms have been approved to own their firearm and know safe storage and operation procedures.
Firearms owners who wish to acquire a firearm or ammunition would continue to be required to have their criminal record regarded by the issuer of the license, pass a firearms safety course and comply with all firearms safe storage and transportation requirements. Those who own firearms will still require a valid firearms license, and to register prohibited and restricted firearms, such as handguns.
This is a great victory for farmers, hunters, and sports shooters, and in the future, I look forward to examining other areas of the firearms program in Canada.
Thank you again for contacting me, and I look forward to continuing to
work on behalf of Canadians on this and other important issues.