I hate to say I told you so but…..I told you so.
Despite trying to tell Sun Media that he wasn’t trying to hang on to gun registration data Ontario’s Chief Firearms Officer went on CBC and said he will do just that.
Let me remind you what the law, just passed as Bill C-19 actually says.
Section 29.2 reads as follows “Each chief firearms officer shall ensure the destruction as soon as feasible of all records under their control related to the registration of firearms that are neither prohibited firearms nor restricted firearms and all copies of those records under their control.”
Well the law is pretty clear, ensure the destruction as soon as feasible of all records.
What does Ontario’s top firearms cop say?
We’re keeping all the rest of the ledger.
Again, it sounds like he is calling for keeping the registration data – he’ll delete the registration number but keep all other data he and his department have collected.
This goes against the law which states ensure as soon as possible the destruction of all records.
So that’s what Wyatt will do with the existing data, he will keep it unless we force him to delete it. And as we’ve told you he is demanding that stores keep a ledger with almost all the same data as the old gun registry.
I went down to a local gun shop here in Ottawa today and talked to them about the registry and this requirement for ledgers. I actually saw the ledger – it has the logo of the chief firearms officer on it. Why? Because it is his property, the ledger does not belong to the store.
Gun retailers are hesitant to speak out about this issue, most don’t want to go on the record. Why? Because it is the Chief Firearms Officer that gets to decide if a business gets a licence and right now keeping these books is a requirement.
Did you catch that? This is a requirement in every part of Canada, this is not just an Ontario issue people.
Parliament has spoken on this, Parliament voted to get rid of the long gun registry after years of debate and several elections where this was a central part of the campaign. And yet here we have a bureaucrat deciding for himself – and you might have noticed he says “I” and “my” and awful lot. This is his decision but it is being copied across the country.
Now a final rebuttal to Mr. Wyatt.
He says this isn’t centralized and isn’t searchable. Well my question would be why have it then. But on CBC he tipped his hand.
How can you trace the gun if it is not searchable?
Mr. Wyatt the people of Canada have spoken on this issue, they have spoken on it through their elected representatives and power of Parliament,
It is time for you to apply the law, destroy all existing records and cease demanding the creation of new ones.
If you feel we need these records then quit your job, run for office and be open and honest with the people.
And that’s the Byline.