What Is The Long Gun Registry?

April 8, 2012 by staff 

What Is The Long Gun Registry?, Quebec, which has fought the federal government over the loss of the long-gun registry, will lodge an injunction in court Thursday afternoon to prevent the destruction of registry’s data after royal assent is given to Bill C-19,  The official end of the long-gun registry will be celebrated by the Conservatives today as fury mounts in Quebec and among women’s groups over the death of the controversial law.

The bill to kill the registry passed its final vote in the Senate Wednesday evening by a vote of 50 to 27, and will likely be given royal assent today, marking the end of a long political battle over one of the most divisive law enforcement measures in recent memory.

The Tories vowed during the 2011 election to eliminate the requirement for lawful gun owners to register their long guns. The new law also relaxes rules around selling or transferring guns.

Gun licences for individuals will still be required, and the registry for restricted and prohibited firearms such as handguns will be maintained.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews confirmed Thursday morning that the process to begin destroying the registry would begin this afternoon after Bill C-19, the Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act, is given royal assent.

But Quebec, which has fought the federal government over the loss of the registry, will lodge an injunction Thursday afternoon to prevent data being trashed. It filed 68 pages of legal argument on Tuesday in anticipation of the bill passing and will appear before a Montreal judge on Thursday.

Quebec Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier said the province would challenge in Quebec Superior Court the constitutionality of Bill C-19. The legal proceeding will start once the bill receives royal assent.

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