Lauzon pleased to announce the tabling of the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act
MP - Stormont, Dundas, South Glengarry
I am pleased to announce that on October 25th in the House of Commons, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, introduced the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act. Since elected in 2004, I have received many emails, letters and phone calls from constituents asking for the elimination of the long-gun registry, said Lauzon.
Ottawa - Oct. 27, 2011 - I am pleased to announce that on October 25th in the House of Commons, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, introduced the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act.
“Since elected in 2004, I have received many emails, letters and phone calls from constituents asking for the elimination of the long-gun registry,” said Lauzon, “Like my constituents in SD & SG, I have long opposed the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry so I am pleased to see this bills introduction.”
The legislation introduced today will:
Repeal the requirement to register non-restricted firearms (long-guns);
Provide for the destruction of all records pertaining to the registration of long-guns currently contained in the Canadian Firearms Registry and under the control of the chief firearms officers; and
Maintain controls over restricted and prohibited firearms.
Under the proposed reforms, firearms owners will still require a valid firearm licence to purchase or possess firearms and to purchase ammunition. They will also be required to undergo police background checks, pass a firearms safety training course and comply with firearms safe storage and transportation requirements. In addition, individuals will continue to be required to register prohibited and restricted firearms, such as handguns.
“I’ve always believed the long-gun registry unfairly targets law-abiding farmers and duck hunters, not criminals,” said Lauzon, “Since it was created, the long-gun registry has cost many millions of dollars. This money should be used to crack down on real criminals, not law-abiding Canadians.”
The introduction of this legislation is consistent with the Government’s efforts to ensure our firearms laws target real criminals and protect the safety of the public. We are investing in a number of effective measures such as putting more police on our streets, fighting organized crime, introducing mandatory minimum penalties for serious gun crime and combating gun smuggling.
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