Canada - Stephen Harper scraps the Long Gun Registry.
Stephen Harper, who’s spent more than half a generation fighting the long-gun registry, is using his recently earned majority powers to scrap the database reviled by Conservative Party supporters.
Manitoba MP Candice Hoeppner, the face of Conservative opposition to the registry, celebrated the tabling of bill C-19 to kill the registry in Commons Tuesday with a news conference at an Ottawa-area farm.
She said the $2-billion spent on setting up and maintaining a long-gun registry was a waste of money, saying that most gun crimes are not committed with rifles or shotguns.
“That is money that should have been used to crack down on real crime and real criminals, not law-abiding farmers and hunters,” Ms. Hoeppner, the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Public Safety, said.
The government cited a recent Statistics Canada report that said of 253 firearms used to commit murder between 2005 and 2009, nearly 70 per cent had never been registered.
Ms. Hoeppner said the long-gun registry failed to work because it’s “not the weapon of choice for criminals in Canada.”
“The majority of homicides committed in Canada, for example, do not involve long-guns at all; statistics have shown that long-guns – in other words rifles and shotguns – are not the problem,” she said.
The same Statscan report said that of 179 homicides using firearms in 2009, 24 per cent were committed using long guns: rifles and shotguns.