Posts Tagged ‘gun registry

COLUMN: Repeal gun law, not just registry

- March 12th, 2014

Amnesty is not the answer

by Lorne Gunter

Repeal, not amnesty.

Canada’s millions of law-abiding gun owners deserve more than a mere amnesty against the RCMP’s seizure of firearms it decides to ban arbitrarily. Gun owners deserve a repeal of the entire federal firearms legislation enacted by the Liberals in 1995, the rightly infamous Bill C-68.

“What?” you ask. “Didn’t the Harper government get rid of the Liberals’ onerous gun law in 2012 when they dismantled the long-gun registry?”

No, and therein lies the problem with last week’s decision by Mounties to ban a line of Swiss rifles that, while not machine guns (and not capable of being turned into machine guns), look like machine guns, and so therefore give the appearance (but only the appearance) of being dangerous. Read more…

COLUMN: Duhaime – Quebec repeats failed policy of gun registry

- February 22nd, 2013

Quebec’s gun registry a shot in the dark

by Eric Duhaime

When a state’s intervention costs 1,000 times more than expected and has not proven to have saved a single life, the government backtracks.

That’s exactly what has happened after two decades in Canada with the now-infamous national gun registry.

I don’t know what got lost in translation, but believe it or not Quebec’s Public Safety Minister, Stephane Bergeron, tabled Bill 20 last Tuesday to create a brand new provincial gun registry to replace the federal one.

When asked how much this new registry will cost, Bergeron said “a few million dollars,” reminiscent of former federal justice minister Allan Rock’s declaration 20 years ago that the national registry would cost a mere $2 million before it ended up costing over $2 billion.

Quebec has been challenging Ottawa’s decision to rip its registry for months.

The provincial government even went before the Superior Court to recuperate the already existent registry data.

It won its case. Ottawa appealed and the judicial war could go on for another two to five years.

To justify why Quebec is going in the opposite direction from the rest of the country, Bergeron predictably argued that “Quebec is different.”

I never thought that “distinct society” means reproducing our neighbours’ costly fiascos with enthusiasm.

In fact, what is truly different is that not one single politician in the National Assembly stood up to defend farmers and hunters who own a gun — all 125 MNAs support the PQ Bill.

Nevertheless, polls showed that 36% of Quebecers thought it was a good idea to abolish the gun registry.

How come not one single elected official defends the position of over one-third of their constituents?

Why is it in Quebec that politicians are the most opposed to a pedophile registry but also most in favour of a gun registry?

Isn’t it more important for parents to know that their neighbour is a pedophile than for the police to know a person has registered his gun?

Quebec politicians are concerned about the rehabilitation of serial pedophiles but prone to consider unregistered gun owners as criminals.

Go figure.

The Montreal Polytechnique massacre of 1989 has been the event used by our politicians to embrace the idea of a costly and ineffective gun registry.

For the first time since, the brother of one of the 14 women who was shot in that tragedy, came out recently against the registry.

Claude Colgan, brother of the late Helene Colgan, reminded us that it is a criminal that killed his beloved sister, not guns.

It is criminals that we should get tough on, not weapons they employ.

Quebec gun owners are currently trying to organization their opposition.

There are estimates of around 1.6 million guns in Quebec, owned by half a million Quebecers.

Two weeks ago, 250 of them rallied in Drummondville and decided to join the National Firearms Association to lobby their cause.

They might not have a voice in Quebec’s parliament but they have much more on their side: Common sense. Let’s hope they win this David- against-Goliath fight.

Can you donate to Ian Thomson’s defence fund?

- January 4th, 2013

If you are not sure who Ian Thomson is then watch the video and read the story below. Ian will be on Byline tonight to explain the unfair prosecution he has faced at the hands of an over zealous crown prosecutor. He is facing huge legal bills and needs help. If you can help defray the costs contact Ian’s lawyer below.

Ed Burlew, In Trust
16 John Street
Thornhill, Ontario L3T 1X8

or call 1-888-gun-loss

 

Protecting your home, family a risky move in Canada?

Kris Sims
QMI Agency
Protecting home and family with force appears to be a risky move in Canada.
Ian Thomson was acquitted this week after the judge ruled the former firearms instructor had no choice but to defend himself when attackers firebombed his rural Ontario home. Thomson has spent thousands defending himself.
“I frankly don’t know how I am going to come up with the rest of the money,” Thomson told QMI Agency.
Canada’s justice system has a knack for punishing people for defending themselves and their property, often called “castle law.”
Joseph and Marilyn Singleton of Taber, Alta., have been forced to spend $30,000 in court after the couple encountered thieves who ransacked their home and nearly drove over Marilyn while fleeing in May 2010. Joe hit one of the thugs with an axe handle to keep him from running over his wife. The homeowner was charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.
And Toronto shopkeeper David Chen was charged after he defended his business from thieves. Chen was found not guilty and was the catalyst for the federal government to change Citizen Arrest laws. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is also awarding him the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
“This legislation provides clear direction on the use of citizen’s arrest, self-defence and the defence of property,” Sean Phelan, spokesman for Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, said in a statement to QMI.
“The fact is Canadians who have been the victim of a crime should not be re-victimized by the criminal justice system.”

 

 

Ontario denies gun registry claim but seeks to keep computer data

- May 1st, 2012

Ontario defies order to delete gun-registry data: Lawyer

by Kris Sims

OTTAWA – A guns rights expert says Ontario is ignoring a federal order to destroy the data contained in the now dead long-gun registry in an attempt to create a back-door registry of its own.

Superintendent Chris Wyatt, Ontario’s chief firearms officer, wrote to all gun store owners in the province, telling them to keep paper records of everyone who buys hunting rifles.

He also shared his interpretation of the federal order to destroy all long-gun registry data.

“Bill C-19 does not define record of registration,” writes Wyatt in a letter dated April 10. “The Chief Firearms Officer is taking the interpretation that a record of registration is the registration certificate number or a firearms identification number only.”

In other words, said criminal lawyer Solomon Friedman, the provincial office still intends to keep the names, addresses, firearms license numbers and number of long guns each person has in Ontario, as they were recorded during the federal registry, which Bill C-19 squashed.

“This is an attempt to create a shadow long-gun registry,” said Friedman, who specializes in firearms law.

“Parliament has said with the passage of Bill C-19, you do not need to keep a record of long gun transfers, you just need a valid license, the chief fire arms officer of Ontario disagrees apparently.”

The federal government wouldn’t comment on the specifics, but made it clear they won’t be helping anyone trying to salvage the registry.

“The federal government will not assist the provinces in setting up a registry by the back door,” said Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner in a statement.

“While this is a provincial issue, our government has always been clear: C-19 delivers on our government’s promise to end the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry once and for all and it has done nothing to keep Canadians safe.

“Canadians have been clear on their desire to end this $2-billion boondoggle that criminalized law-abiding Canadians.”

The feds aren’t saying what, if any, action they are able to take to ensure the destruction of the registry data held by Ontario.

“The entire approach that (Wyatt) is taking makes it very clear that the Chief Fire Arms Office is not content to administer the law, but wishes to impose law in an approach that Parliament has already abandoned.” said Friedman.

The provincial government says that is not their intention.

“Ontario does not have a province-wide gun registry or database, Ontario has no plans to create one. Period.” wrote Madeleine Meilleur, minister of community safety, in a letter to QMI Agency.

“Anyone selling a gun must keep a ledger, in their place of business, of the weapons they have sold. Those long-standing federal laws did not change when the national gun registry was abolished.”

Friedman said there actually is no federal law for store owners to keep paper ledgers of customers who buy hunting rifles, and that the practice predates the need for federally issued licences.

The federal Conservatives had promised for nearly two decades to destroy the federal long gun registry. It was most loathed in Western and rural Canada where many hunters and sports shooters live. Reform and Alliance MPs dubbed it the “billion-dollar boondoggle.”

Quebec is fighting the feds in court, trying to keep long-gun registry data held by their province.

Germany wants to follow Canada’s failure by starting a gun registry

- April 30th, 2012

Germany starting gun registry

by Kris Sims
Parliamentary bureau
OTAWA — Germany is building its own gun registry, complying with a future database rule that will cover the entire European Union.
Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, is reporting that the decision in the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, was made on the 10th anniversary of a school massacre.
In April 2002, an expelled student killed 16 people before killing himself in the city of Erfurt.
“This brings about a new dimension,” German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said.
He said, however, that the registry wouldn’t necessarily prevent another massacre from taking place.
The two most recent mass shootings took place after one perpetrator bought his weapons with fake papers and the other carried out the killing while wielding an already-registered weapon.
The move has some fire arms advocates in Canada shaking their heads.
“We just got rid of the long-gun registry here, which only targeted and tracked law-abiding people and wasted billions of dollars. With Germany centralizing their registry through one government office, they are going to suffer the same fate,” Tony Bernardo, spokesman for the Canadian Shooting Sport Association, said. “The last time Germany insisted on a central database for their firearms was in 1937 and we know what happened next: the state disarmed the law-abiding populace, because they knew where the guns were, and then rolled right over them.”
Under the new law, German police will be allowed to enter people’s homes unannounced to see if their legal weapons are properly stored.
There are an estimated 10 million firearms owned in Germany, which has a population of about 82 million.
The European Union has mandated that all member states must have a computerized data-filing system registering all firearms in place by 2014. It is unclear if that includes only marked numbers from the weapons or the names and addresses of the owners.