Third Reading of legislation to scrap long gun registry a milestone for
PETERBOROUGH, ON, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Later today, the House of
Commons will hold Third Reading on Bill C-19, An Act to Amend the
Criminal Code and Firearms Act (Ending the Long Gun Registry Act).
"We are pleased that this day has come," said Mike Reader, Executive
Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH). "The Prime
Minister has been steadfast in his commitment to eliminate this costly,
ill-fated and much maligned piece of legislation, and we are delighted
that the government has been true to its word."
Mr. Reader noted that the outdoor community across Canada has always
been a strong supporter of reasonable laws that focus on the need for
the safe use, handling, storage and transportation of firearms, which
the long gun registry does not. "There is no quantifiable evidence to
demonstrate that the registry works. The Auditor General of Canada has
previously concluded that the system has been unable to demonstrate how
it has helped to reduce deaths, injuries and threats to the public
safety from the criminal use of firearms. As a result, it should be
scrapped and the money spent on more effective crime prevention
programs that target the real sources of crime, not legal, law-abiding,
licensed and trained firearms owners," added Reader.
The creation of the long gun registry under Bill C-68 by a previous
Liberal government focused on legal, licensed, law-abiding firearms
owners, instead of targeting criminals and prohibited offenders who
threaten the public safety and do not register firearms. The current
system was supposedly based on two leading principles; it would save
lives and it would enhance public safety. Proponents of the system
continue to support its existence and claim that it has succeeded, but
there is no fact-based evidence to suggest that it has done so, and
major public opinion polls over the last few years have consistently
shown that a large majority of respondents support scrapping the long
gun registry. To that end, the OFAH is calling on all Parliamentarians
to vote in support of Bill C-19.
"One of the major sources of crime in Canada is the use of illegal guns,
smuggled into the country from the United States and other points of
origin. In some areas, the incidence of crime involving these guns is
as high as 90 per cent. We need to refocus the discussion and ensure
that valuable tax dollars are being spent on programs and policies that
address the real causes of crime," concluded Reader.
With over 100,000 members, supporters and subscribers, and 675 member
clubs, the OFAH is the largest nonprofit fish and wildlife based
conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the VOICE of anglers
and hunters. Visit www.ofah.org or follow the OFAH on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
SOURCE Ontario Federation of Anglers
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