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Several Kel-Tecs including the SU-16, RFB and the KSG (when it gets here) will no longer need to be registered. Owners still require a license to own firearms.

Long-gun registry end to be celebrated by Tories as Quebec mounts court challenge

The official end of the long-gun registry will be celebrated by the Conservatives today as fury mounts in Quebec and among women’s groups over the death of the controversial law.

The bill to kill the registry passed its final vote in the Senate Wednesday evening by a vote of 50 to 27, and will likely be given royal assent today, marking the end of a long political battle over one of the most divisive law enforcement measures in recent memory.

The Tories vowed during the 2011 election to eliminate the requirement for lawful gun owners to register their long guns. The new law also relaxes rules around selling or transferring guns.

Gun licences for individuals will still be required, and the registry for restricted and prohibited firearms such as handguns will be maintained.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews confirmed Thursday morning that the process to begin destroying the registry would begin this afternoon after Bill C-19, the Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act, is given royal assent.

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But Quebec, which has fought the federal government over the loss of the registry, will lodge an injunction Thursday afternoon to prevent data being trashed. It filed 68 pages of legal argument on Tuesday in anticipation of the bill passing and will appear before a Montreal judge on Thursday.

Quebec Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier said the province would challenge in Quebec Superior Court the constitutionality of Bill C-19. The legal proceeding will start once the bill receives royal assent.


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Quebec challenge: Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says the federal government will respect any court decision that stops the destruction of long-gun registry records
The province has asked Ottawa repeatedly to hand over records on the 1,560,359 long guns registered in Quebec so that it could use the information to create its own registry.

The Conservatives have refused.

While Toews celebrated the passing of Bill C-19, he noted the government would respect the law when it comes to hanging onto data that remains the subject of an injunction.

“We will respect the law in every respect,” he said. “As soon as the legislation is passed, there is a requirement to destroy the data. If there’s no legal impediment to destroying the data, the process continues.”

Quebec MP Maxime Bernier argued Thursday the federal government is well within its jurisdiction to destroy the data and that it will defend its “constitutional competence” in court.

Gun control has been ferociously debated in Canada for decades, particularly since the Ecole Polytechnique massacre of 1989, when a gunman shot and killed 14 women with a rifle. That prompted the Liberal government of Jean Chretien to tighten gun controls and create Canada’s first mandatory long-gun registry in 1995.

Quebec believes the registry is an important tool for police officers and that it’s led to a reduction in the number of gun-related suicides, domestic disputes and murders.

The Tories argue the registry has had little impact on crime and merely criminalizes otherwise law-abiding hunters and farmers.


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Pro-gun registry demonstrators march during the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 6, 2011. The rally was held to commemorate the Montreal Massacre of December 6, 1989.
“Virtually all major safety groups in the country support the registry,” said Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control. “The costs of keeping the gun registration of rifles and shotguns are modest — less than $4 million a year — while the costs of gun violence are immense.”

Women’s groups say they were shut out of Senate committee hearings about the repeal of the registry, legislation they say will only increase gun violence against women.

While a number of women’s groups were invited to testify at the House of Commons hearings on controversial bill, their requests to be heard at the chamber of sober second thought were denied.

“This blatant exclusion is extremely troubling,” said Brenda Wallace, president of the Canadian Federation of University Women. “Women’s organizations were shut out completely”

Wallace said the government did not conduct a “gender-based analysis” of Bill C-19’s impact, but should have.

“We believe it is extremely important for the Senate to hear from all groups affected by the changes in this legislation and take steps to address their concerns, particularly those of women experiencing violence,” she said. “Failing to do so shows that they have not done their due diligence.”

Liberal Sen. Celine Hervieux-Payette said the Conservatives used time allocation to limit the amount of debate that was held on Bill C-19. She said it is not fair that witnesses who supported the bill were allowed to testify, but not opponents.

“They were bullied,” she said. “When we’re dealing with very important matters, you don’t muzzle.”

Pamela Harrison, who works at the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia, said many women’s shelters applied to testify, but all were denied. She said shelters across Canada are unanimous in their opposition to the bill.

“This is not an emotional issue. This is safety issue for women,” she said. “We know for a fact that men use guns to threaten and harm their partners. They do it all the time.”

YWCA Canada CEO Paulette Senior said bill weakens the state’s ability to seize guns from men.

“This bill seriously weakens the ability of police to remove weapons from men who pose a threat to their families, and makes it much easier for them to purchase long guns with fake or invalid licences,” she said. “This is a very dangerous change for the women we serve.”

Tory Sen. John Wallace, the chair of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee — which examined the bill — could not be reached for comment.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/05/long-gun-registry-end-celebrated-by-harper-tories/
 

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Bout time that ridiculously inane waste of tax-payer money is finished off.

I know some O.P.P. were telling people there's no point in registering their long-guns.

Quebecois protesting and complaining? What's new there.
Why do they even give a damn about Canadian laws anyway? They seem to want to put them in place when it benefits them only.
 

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Interesting how they have turned the issue into a women vs men issue. Trying to play on the emotional feelings of women and use that to disarm the citizens.

I am sure the jails are full of hunters that don't live in the urban areas that chose to ignore the stupid long gun registry and maybe even the law that you have to be licensed to own a gun.

All that gun control crap was started by the same gal that did England and Australia. Very dangerous socialist, forget her name and probably should not put it up on the boards anyway.
 

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Interesting how they have turned the issue into a women vs men issue. Trying to play on the emotional feelings of women and use that to disarm the citizens.

I am sure the jails are full of hunters that don't live in the urban areas that chose to ignore the stupid long gun registry and maybe even the law that you have to be licensed to own a gun.

All that gun control crap was started by the same gal that did England and Australia. Very dangerous socialist, forget her name and probably should not put it up on the boards anyway.
Na, the police out in the country don't give as much of a care as the urban dwellers of the "big city" folk that know better.

Heck, I won't confirm or deny rumors of O.P.P. stations REFUSING to even register long-arms for people, including turning people away and telling them that registering wasn't worth the hassle of even driving to the station.

Know some O.P.P. even take citizens out shooting.
 

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why did they give so much press to that incoherent babble? Men use guns on women? Most often, men who abuse their spouse do so with direct physical contact. Very few abused women have been shot repeatedly in multiple attacks by their spouse over the years, and most of those were not with a rifle. A lot of them have been beaten repeatedly though. So fists, not guns, need the registry? And, on top of that, a lot of women have acquired a gun and dealt with the abusive man --- guns being a great equalizer. Others use similar methods that negate the effect of physical combat, such as poisons.

Women should be trying hard to become armed so they can equalize the fight against stronger men, not taking guns away which gives men the edge.

I do not expect logic from such people, but I would think the press would give more time to people that actually make some sort of sense rather than senseless rambles.
 
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