Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act Receives Royal Assent
OTTAWA – Federal legislation that will abolish the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry has become law today, finally putting an end to the unfair targeting of law-abiding long-gun owners in Northeastern BC.
“Over the years I have heard from countless local long-gun owners about how important ending the long-gun registry is,” said Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River. “With the passing of this historic legislation, I can proudly say to my constituents that our Conservative Government has kept our promise and the long-gun registry is now a thing of the past!”
As of today, long-gun owners will no longer be required to register their firearms and the process of destroying the data in the registry related to non-restricted firearms will begin as soon as feasible. Controls over restricted and prohibited firearms will continue to be maintained.
Under this legislation, firearms owners must still hold a valid firearms licence in order to acquire and possess a firearm. They must also pass the required Canadian Firearms Safety Course and undergo the necessary screening process. In addition, individuals will continue to be required to obtain a registration certificate for prohibited and restricted firearms, such as handguns.
“Since it was created, the long-gun registry has wasted taxpayers’ dollars while doing nothing to reduce crime,” said Mr. Zimmer. “We are committed to directing our attention and resources on keeping our communities safe by dealing with real criminals as opposed to law-abiding farmers and hunters.”
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