TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The CAW is calling on the federal
government to reconsider its plan to destroy all existing data
collected through the national long gun registry that tracks rifles,
shotguns and other non-restricted firearms.
"The Harper government is one step closer to killing off an important
and symbolic piece of our country's gun control efforts," said CAW
President Ken Lewenza after the federal parliamentarians passed its
third and final reading of Bill C-19 in the House of Commons yesterday.
"This is short-sighted and an example of divisive politics trumping
The national long gun registry was created in the wake of a Montreal
school shooting rampage that took the lives of 14 women at École
Polytechnique. Rifles and shotguns are the firearms most readily
available and those most often used in spousal homicides and to kill
CAW Women's Program Director Julie White said in the midst of Bill C-19
passing into law, she is encouraged that politicians and organizations
(including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) continue to
speak out and demand, at the very least, the long gun registry records
"It's irresponsible for the federal government to throw away every last
bit of information that attaches a potentially dangerous firearm to its
rightful owner," White said. "These guns will be left totally
unaccounted for. How does this make Canadians safer?"
In a letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, the CAW called on the
province to support a call to save the registry data. The province of
Quebec has publicly stated that it will consider the establishment of a
provincial long gun registry. Alberta Premier Alison Redford also
stated recently that she doesn't oppose the transference of existing
national data to provincial registries.
The Bill is scheduled to go before the Senate for a final vote before
being passed into law.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications (416) 606-6311