NEWS RELEASE · 16th February 2012
MP Nathan Cullen - Ottawa
Government refuses to listen to reason
Today’s vote that scrapped the gun registry marks the end to a divisive chapter that did little to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
“The registry became a political football rather than a vehicle for effective public policy,” said MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley). “The changes we voted on today crossed a threshold and created fundamentally different legislation that I could not support.”
Cullen was referring to the fact that all previous Conservative bills to scrap the registry did so without throwing out the mandatory licence verification provision.
“This provision protected the seller and society,” said Cullen. “Why take it out? It makes no sense and the government offered absolutely no explanation.”
Without mandatory license verification, if an individual has a revoked license or is under prohibition, there is nothing to verify this and stop them from buying a gun.
Cullen appeared before the Public Safety committee last November to push for amendments that would consider the interests of law-abiding gun owners and maintain public safety. At that time, he warned that even his constituents and other Canadians who despise the long-gun registry don’t want Ottawa to ditch all controls.
“Let’s remember that this government is refusing to vote for amendments they supported a short eight months ago. What we put forward was in previous bills. The Conservatives are betraying their own advice and the safety of Canadians,” said Cullen.
“This arrogant and domineering approach to governing is not what Canadians voted for last May,” Cullen said. “I’m worried this government is causing harm. They are putting both gun-owners and citizens at risk.”
The long-gun registry was introduced in 1995 by the Jean Chrétien Liberals as a one-time investment of $2 million. Costs have since soared to more than $1 billion.
info.re. gun register cancellation
Comment by ken desjardin on 22nd March 2012
do i understand that it is no longer necessary to renew my long and or short gun registration due this yr.have been out of touch and just noticed an article in kitimat daily news.important to me to keep within the law.please advise situation.thank you.
Comment by Paul Dament, Alberta on 16th February 2012
Arrogant!?Funny, most Canadians thought the original Bill and it's supporters were and still are arrogant.What life has it saved,what crime has it stopped?All of your registrations,big gov't spending,won't prevent crimes from happening.Law abiding citizens will register,criminals won't!Sounds kinda' redundent Cullen.However,i do understand YOUR frustration with the immediate withdraul of millions of taxpayers dollars from your endless supply of money to waste on pet projects or imbicile studies.