Regulatory change will eliminate possibility of 'backdoor' long gun
PETERBOROUGH, ON, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Regulations introduced in the
House of Commons this afternoon by Public Safety Minister Vic Towes
will ensure that decisions made by Chief Firearms Officers (CFOs)
cannot create another form of long gun registry.
"The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is pleased that
the Minister of Public Safety and the Harper government have acted
decisively to address a serious concern," said Greg Farrant, Manager of
Government Affairs & Policy. "The clear intent of Bill C-19, The Ending
the Long Gun Registry Act, which passed earlier this year, was to end
the registration for non-restricted rifles and shotguns. It was not in
any way intended to facilitate the creation of an alternative or shadow
The interpretation of the Act by some Chief Firearms Officers (CFOs)
raised legitimate concerns on the part of the law-abiding firearms
community that their actions could result in this eventuality. The
regulatory changes introduced by the Minister will make it clear that
while businesses will be able to continue keeping their own records,
that these records are for business purposes only, and are not intended
to lay the foundation for a gun registry under another name.
"Any suggestion that the legislation or the regulations introduced this
afternoon will prevent police from being able to track a firearms
history in the event it is stolen or used in a crime is simply
nonsense," Farrant added.
With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 675 member
clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife
conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters.
For more information, visit www.ofah.org.
SOURCE Ontario Federation of Anglers
For further information:
Manager of Government Affairs and Policy
705-748-6324 ext 236
Manager of Communications
705-748-6324 ext 270