Harper government partially fulfills promise to Canadians Long gun registry data destroyed. Except in Quebec.
The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety has announced Thursday, November 1st, that the records associated with the failed long gun registry have been destroyed, with the exception of those in Quebec.
This fulfills part of the government’s obligations under Bill C-19, the legislation that ended the registration of non-restricted rifles and shotguns in Canada.
As well as ending long gun registration, the legislation as passed by Parliament directed that all existing long gun registry data be destroyed by the Canadian Firearms Program.
The Province of Quebec has sought an won an injunction to prevent the registry data from being destroyed, and a Quebec court has directed the federal government to turn over all Quebec data relating to the registration of long guns to that province.
The federal government is appealing this ruling, and long gun registration is still in effect in Quebec.
Minister Vic Toew’s announcement fulfills part of the government’s promise to Canadians to resolve the issue of Canada’s failed attempt at universal firearms registration, for once and for all.
Canada’s National Firearms Association encourages the Conservative Government to persevere with their appeal of Quebec’s demands, and keep their promise to Quebecers to end the long gun registry portion of the failed Liberal 1995 Firearms Act in Quebec as well.