Skip to comments.Long-gun records destroyed: Tories - Quebec data spared because of court case
Posted on 11/02/2012 3:15:01 PM PDT by neverdem
OTTAWA -- The federal government says millions of records of registered long guns have all been destroyed, with the exception of court-protected data from Quebec.
A spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews confirmed the registry's destruction "as of last night" after gun enthusiasts began spreading the word.
No formal news release appears to have been issued by a Conservative government that has made repeal and destruction of the long-gun registry one of its bedrock promises.
Nor has the government said exactly how much taxpayer money will be saved by repealing the registry, although a study by The Canadian Press suggests it is a small fraction of the millions spent annually on gun licensing.
Last year there were almost eight million firearms logged in the registry, including more than seven million non-restricted weapons.
The latest data from the RCMP shows that, as of last July, there are still more than 564,000 restricted firearms and more than 191,000 prohibited weapons in the federal gun registry.
"Our Conservative government is proud to say that as of last night, all contents of the long-gun registry have been destroyed, except those related to Quebec," Toews's director of communications Julie Carmichael said in an email Thursday.
"Make no mistake, the tax-and-spend NDP will not hesitate to bring back the long gun registry. Now that these data have been deleted, they can never be recovered -- even by Thomas Mulcair," she wrote.
While there was no formal news release from Public Safety, groups such as the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters issued public praise for the move after Toews apparently told representatives at a federal-provincial meeting Thursday in Regina.
"We are delighted that the Harper government has followed through on its promise in such a timely fashion," Greg Farrant of the Ontario association said in a release.
The Canadian Sports Shooting Association, meanwhile, issued a statement telling its members to "rest-assured, we are the envy of international firearms advocates everywhere" because Canada is almost alone internationally in rolling back gun-control laws.
"The removal of the registry is, however, more nibble than bite," added the commentary from the association.
The emboldened gun lobby now wants to see recent rules on marking guns repealed and some are also calling for an end to the licensing system.
-- The Canadian Press
Sounds great! Of course, data on 8 million firearms can probably fit on a thumb-sized flash drive these days, so it wouldn’t surprise me if some lib made a copy of the registry. Still, good to hear that the political tide in Canada has turned more pro-gun.
...by a Conservative government that has made repeal and destruction of the long-gun registry one of its bedrock promises.Ban Islam, not firearms.
A blow for freedom.
Good news, except for Quebec at the moment.
Don’t believe it for a moment.
Once the gub mint has a record of you owning a gun it gets put is some X file forever
Thanks for the ping squawk8888!
I will say the conservative officials may well have ordered the destruction but fear there will always be some schemimg statist scumbag who will make an illegal copy.
Indiana prohibits police officers from making their own lists ,or at least they did when I wore a badge with the state seal.
Any bets Holder’s inJustice Department follows the laws regarding records in the U.S. ?
Holder is in his position simply to protect obammy from Jail.
Eh, theese eese good news, no Pierre?
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