Archive for May 9th, 2012

COLUMN: Gunter – A victory, for now on the backdoor gun registry

- May 9th, 2012

Gun owners’ saviour

by Lorne Gunter

Good on Vic Toews, the federal Public Safety minister, who seems to have heard (and heeded) reports in Sun Media that provincial chief firearms officers (CFOs) were attempting to build a new firearms registry via the backdoor.

In a strongly-worded letter sent Tuesday to the RCMP commissioner and the director-general of the federal firearms program, Toews writes that if the CFOs in the 10 provinces are indeed telling gun-shop owners to keep track of the names and addresses of who is buying guns, as well as the make, model and serial number of the guns they are buying, then the CFOs are “attempting to collect data that they are no longer authorized to collect.”

“To be clear,” Toews emphasises, “the Firearms Act does not authorize this activity. Read more…