MONTREAL, Sept. 30, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Coalition for Gun Control, with the support of the Clinique
juridique Juripop and its partner lawyers, has filed a motion to
intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada in support of the Government
of Quebec's efforts to obtain the province's firearm registry data from
the federal government, in order to build a provincial program.
Following the Quebec government's filing of an application for leave to
appeal the June decision of the Court of Appeal of Quebec, Juripop and
Frederick Langlois, a lawyer with Deveau, Bourgeois, Gagné, Hébert &
co., have filed a motion at the Supreme Court of Canada to authorize
the Coalition for Gun Control to intervene and submit a written
argument in the case. "Because of its mission, the Coalition for Gun
Control has unique expertise to intervene in this debate. It is first
and foremost a citizens' initiative", said Marc-Antoine Cloutier,
founder and Executive Director of the Cliniques juridiques Juripop
Group whose mission is to provide access to justice for individuals and
for non-profit organizations.
With this motion, Juripop and the Coalition for Gun Control want to
emphasize the importance of the laws controlling access to firearms in
relation to the right to safety, including in the prevention of
domestic violence and firearm violence.
"It is an important matter of public interest, and we believe the
application for leave to appeal by the Attorney General of Quebec
should be accepted due to the effects that the loss of the registry
data would have on intervening in cases of family violence and suicide
prevention and on the ability to effectively prosecute gun crime
involving rifles and shotguns," said Wendy Cukier, President of the
Coalition for Gun Control. "Furthermore, while other countries are
working to strengthen their gun laws and fight gun trafficking, Canada
is alone internationally in rolling back gun control and ignores its
commitments to fight the illegal gun trade."
"Bill C-19, which was adopted by the federal government and abolished
the long gun registry, sets a potentially dangerous precedent that
could have important consequences for future legislation regulating
firearms," added Marc-Antoine Cloutier.
Fundraising and Public Awareness Campaigns
On August 23, the Clinique juridique Juripop and the Coalition also
launched a fundraising campaign to support their intervention at the
Supreme Court, as well as a public awareness campaign on the importance
of gun control.
"Individuals can contribute financially to the filing of our application
by visiting our website (www.juripop.org), where they can also learn about the Coalition's arguments, and show
their support by signing and sending a letter to the new federal
Minister of Public Safety, Steven Blaney," explains M. Cloutier.
Clinique juridique Juripop
The Clinique juridique Juripop is a not-for-profit organization with the
mission of promoting access to justice for all. It is also a social
business with innovative projects to increase knowledge of the law. The
organization has three sections: a section offering free or low cost
legal consultations to citizens who are excluded from legal aid but
cannot afford lawyer's fees; the Juripop Affaires section for
not-for-profit organizations, independent workers and small businesses
with low income; and the legal information section, which organizes
projects addressing particular needs.
The Coalition for Gun Control
Founded in the wake of the Montreal Massacre, the Coalition for Gun
Control works to reduce gun death, injury and crime. The Coalition
focuses its efforts on protecting sensible gun control laws and
measures, research and public education, and improving measures to
combat smuggling and the illegal gun trade. The Coalition is an
alliance of more than 300 organizations working to protect and ensure
public health, safety and the security of women and who believe strong
gun control laws are essential to achieving those objectives. The
alumni and families of the victims of the Polytechnique Massacre along
with other victims of gun violence have also played a pivotal role.
SOURCE: Clinique juridique Juripop
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Marc-Antoine Cloutier, Executive Director of the Cliniques juridiques Juripop Group, is available for interviews.