Used to be repealing stupid gun laws was just an American thing.
It’s done. After years of repeated attempts, near successes and disappointing letdowns, the federal long-gun registry has finally landed in the dust-bin of history.
As a Canadian, an Albertan, and the representative of a federal constituency that overwhelmingly opposed the former Liberal government’s imposition of the registry on law-abiding firearms owners, it was deeply satisfying to vote on Feb. 15 in favour of ending the long-gun registry. By law, the data collected over the years on owners of non-restricted firearms will be destroyed.
The long-gun registry was ill-conceived from the outset. Under the guise of urban gun control, the Liberals’ registry really only served to penalize ranchers and farmers who required and responsibly used firearms as a tool to do their jobs. Most violent gun crime in Canada does not involve long guns. And in those cases where long guns were used in violent crime, the vast majority of the firearms were unregistered. The registry forced law-abiding citizens to spend time and money to comply with rules that criminals would not follow.
As I said during debate on this legislation, the fact that criminals will not register their firearms goes to the heart of why the long-gun registry has never worked:
When people get a taste of Freedom after finding out they’ve been lied to, they tend to want more.
Keep fighting Canada!