4 comments

  1. Alain says:

    At this rate the “scrapping” of the long gun registry ressembles a bad April Fool joke that couldn’t get the date right. I fear that those who celebrated, celebrated for nothing.

  2. Tom says:

    Thank you Brian for standing with us!

  3. Annie says:

    I don’t really care one way or another about the gun registry, but I read the article anyway.

    One thing I would like to clarify though. So you are AGAINST the government bureaucracy meddling and running our lives when it comes to the gun registry, but you would love for the government to step in and run our lives by prohibiting abortion. Do I have that right? Just checking.

  4. Bill Elder says:

    I hope the urban gun-phobia crowd to which McGuinty has cynically tossed this vote getter bone, realise that the data collected from firearms retailers is A) Quickly out dated and redundant and B) so woefully unreliable it will make police criminally liable if they ever were to use it as an excuse for a warrant.

    First,99% of unrestricted sporting long arms in Canada are imported – CCRA keeps records of every arm coming into the country and police have full access to this, duplicating this data at retail is silly and useless, unless you are using it as a cynical political placebo.

    Second, many (probably the majority) of unrestricted sporting arm sales are between individuals, who have no legal liability to keep a record of the buyer or the sale. Unrestricted firearms change hands often. A Shotgun bought at Canadian tire could go through 2 or 3 owners at a fairly high rate making any point of sale data tracking completely out of data in a matter of weeks or months.

    Third: this point of sale record keeping is so useless to crime solving/prevention, the police rarely use these records – my case in point is a first hand experience with a very close family acquaintance who ran a gun store in a small Ontario town since the late 40s. I was in and out of the place regularly, and never saw a cop chcking the sales books. I went in one day in the late 70s when he was moving his location and packing up and I noticed a huge stack of ledgers sitting in several boxes waiting for the trash. I asked the owner why he was throwing out what appeared to be book keeping records – he replied that these were records of gun and ammo sales which he must keep to fulfil conditions of his firearms retailer permit. I noticed the logs went back to almost when he started the business 30 years ago. I asked why he had hung on to them instead of giving them to the police firearms inspector as per the legal requirement. He said the inspector was in all the time to check if he had them but never wanted to take them with him, when he phoned saying he was relocating that he wanted the police to take these records , they replied they had no need for them and to just THROW THEM OUT.

    True story

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