Eliminating Long Gun Registration a Risk to Public Safety: Women's Groups, Police Association, Victims of Gun Violence and Coalition for Gun Control Oppose Bills S-5 and Bill C-301

    TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Today, the Senate is expected to begin debating
Bill S-5, an amendment to the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act, which will
eliminate the requirement to register long-guns (rifles and shotguns). Police,
public health, women's groups, violence prevention groups, victims and the
Coalition for Gun Control are urging Senators to vote against Bill S-5 and
protect public safety and gun control. This is just one of two Bills before
Parliament that threaten to dismantle gun control in Canada. Bill C-301, a
Private Member's Bill, proposes to weaken controls on prohibited and
restricted weapons (including fully automatic weapons), extend the period of
gun licenses and eliminate registration of rifles and shotguns.
    The Coalition for Gun Control and their supporters are in Ottawa to
personally ask Senators and Members of Parliament to:

    -   drop Bill S-5 which eliminates the registration of unrestricted
        rifles and shotguns;
    -   oppose Bill C-301 which weakens controls on prohibited and restricted
        weapons (including fully automatic weapons), extends the period of
        gun licenses and eliminates registration of rifles and shotguns;
    -   end the amnesty for gun owners who fail to renew their licenses or
        register their firearms;
    -   strengthen the screening and renewal processes for licenses;
    -   prohibit the sale of semi-automatic tactical and military assault
        weapons to civilians;
    -   strengthen controls on handguns;
    -   adhere to international agreements on marking and tracing to help
        combat illegal trade.

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For further information: and to arrange a media interview, please
contact: Coalition for Gun Control, (416) 604-0209, www.guncontrol.ca

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