NEWS RELEASE · 15th 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.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 22nd February 2012
I will bet you a coffee and a muffin at Timmy's that he will win in the next general election. He is currently eligible for a pension. Are we on?
Comment by James Ippel on 19th February 2012
The way I understand it is that you are still required to have a Firearms Licence to purchase a long barrel, or any other firearm. To obtain this you still have to to go through the process, criminal record check, etc. Nothing there has changed. With the abolition of the registry, there is no longer a record of long barrel weapons, and who owns them. Handguns are still on file, and this will not change.
For the information of those who believe the registry saved lives--let me point out to you that the 4 police officers that were murdered at Mayerthorpe, were murdered with a registered long barrel weapon. So much for saving lives.
What I fine offensive is that our MP again voted to retain the Registry, against the wishes of his constituents. He used the feeble excuse that we don't use 50 calibre weapons for hunting, therefore he could not "PERSONALLY" support this piece of legislation. He stated in the House that a 50 calibre bullet will travel 2 1/5 km. The truth is that a .22 calibre bullet will travel 1 1/6 km, so a 50 calibre will travel much further. Get your facts straight. He, in my opinion voted the way he did to obtain Quebec votes in his leadership campaign, again forsaking his constituents for his own personnal gain.
I see the sun setting on this mans political career, but not on a nice pension.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 16th February 2012
Now I can buy any long gun I want. Use it for hunting or target shooting anytime I want. I can have as many of them as I can keep stored as required by law and buy as much ammunition as I want and it won't cost a thing. Come to think of it, I could do all that before this "about time" event.
Comment by Nicole on 16th February 2012
Yeah!!! About time. As far as how this will put citizens at risk I don't get it. When was the last time anyone saw a criminal packing a 30-06 or 243 or some other long gun to do their criminal acts. There are much bigger issues than registering our long guns.
Comment by Mr. Peters on 15th February 2012
I have waited for this day and all I can say is that it is about time.
Gun control is holding your firearm with both hands.