NEWS RELEASE · 22nd September 2010
MP Nathan Cullen
Cullen vows to fix registry flaws after bill to scrap it rejected
"Time to make gun laws that work for all Canadians" Cullen
A narrow vote in Parliament this afternoon that sustained the controversial long-gun registry gives Parliament an opportunity to create effective gun control laws that don’t penalize law-abiding Canadians.
A vote on the Liberal motion to kill Bill C-391 and maintain the registry passed 153 to 151. Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) voted against the motion, fulfilling his promise to constituents.
“We must use the time remaining in this Parliament to bridge the divide in the country that has been created by this divisive debate. I will be calling on all parties to put aside their political differences and find common ground because that’s what Canadians expect,” said Cullen.
“I have always called for an honest debate about gun laws that work for all Canadians in both big cities and small towns. Laws that don’t criminalize honest hunters and farmers. Laws that make our streets safer. Laws that crack down on the import of illegal assault weapons.
“I want to see our country have a real discussion about the registry, reframed so that we leave the political rhetoric at the door and commit to finding real solutions,” he said.
Cullen condemned the Conservatives’ bitterly divisive approach to the long-gun issue this summer, saying their partisan attacks and conspiracy theories are responsible for the bill’s defeat.
“This is the fifth time since taking power that the Conservatives have had the opportunity to scrap the registry, and again they blew it,” said Cullen. “Many gun owners are fed up and are telling me that they want things made better. If the registry can’t be scrapped, it must be fixed.”
New Democrats have outlined concrete proposals to address concerns of rural communities while improving public safety. They include decriminalizing failure to register, merging possession and acquisition licenses, and requiring the Auditor General ensure the registry is cost effective.
“We must create the bridge that brings rural and urban Canadians together instead of driving the country apart,” Cullen said today.