@RyFromCanada @le_petitcastor Ah. That makes sense. Thx.
@le_petitcastor It's part of the collective agreement. If I've been mid-advised let me know. Thx.
@le_petitcastor I'm not sure if it's on a website per se.
Left: Tony voting Yea for the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act in the House of Commons. Right: Tony with Jim Newman of Sundridge, CEO of the Canadian Firearms Institute at the reception following the vote.
February 15, 2012, OTTAWA – Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement proudly voted with his Conservative colleagues this evening to abolish the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry, keeping his long-standing promise to law-abiding hunters and farmers.
With supporters from across the country filling the House of Commons’ galleries for the historic vote, the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act passed its third and final reading.
“This is a moment that I and many Parry Sounders and Muskokans have long waited to see,” said MP Clement. “After doing nothing to reduce crime, wasting taxpayers’ dollars, and unfairly targeting law-abiding citizens, the registry is now headed for the scrap heap.”
Among those in the gallery to witness the final passage of the legislation through the House of Commons was Jim Newman of Sundridge, who attended as a guest of MP Clement. Newman, who is the CEO of the Canadian Firearms Institute, travelled from his Almaguin Highlands’ home to see the vote first-hand, and attend a post-vote reception with MP Clement.
“Jim represents so many people in Parry Sound-Muskoka who have wanted this registry to become history,” said MP Clement. “Now we can focus on measures that actually tackle crime and make our communities safe, and continue to uphold our commitment to effective gun control measures that keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.”
With a 159-130 vote total, the legislation is now referred to the Senate. Northern Ontario NDP MPs Bruce Hyer and John Rafferty stood up to the NDP’s marching orders and joined the Government in voting to abolish the registry once and for all.
The legislation includes:
• Repeal the requirement to register non-restricted firearms (long-guns);
• Provide for the destruction of all records pertaining to the registration of long-guns currently contained in the Canadian Firearms Registry and under the control of the chief firearms officers; and
• Maintain controls over restricted and prohibited firearms.
Under the reforms, firearms owners will still require a valid firearm licence to purchase or possess firearms and to purchase ammunition. They will also be required to undergo police background checks, pass a firearms safety training course and comply with firearms safe storage and transportation requirements. In addition, individuals will continue to be required to register prohibited and restricted firearms, such as handguns.
The introduction of this legislation is consistent with the Government’s efforts to ensure our firearms laws target real criminals and protect the safety of the public.
For an online version of the legislation, visit: www.parl.gc.ca