Canadian firearm owners are actually looking at a real possibility of getting rid of the long gun portion of the federal firearm registry.
On February 10th Saskatchewan Member of Parliament Garry Breitkreuz presented a private member’s bill, C301, that would eliminate the long gun registration for Canadian gun owners. This is a long awaited step for farmers, ranchers, hunters, collectors, sport shooters or just generally anyone that legitimately owns a rifle or shotgun in Canada.
Background information on the bill details the other aspects of the proposed legislation that will be of interest to a lot of gun owners.
- It will streamline Authorizations to Transport (ATT) and make them part of the individual’s licence. Something that should have been done right from the beginning.
- It will merge the Possession Only Licences (POL) and Possession & Acquisition Licences (PAL) which is something that also should have been done a long time ago.
- It will extend a license from 5 to 10 years. A lifetime licence would have been a better, but apparently there was opposition to that option.
Of course being tabled and being passed are two different things. But this one may actually have a good chance of making the grade, especially since it looks as though the opposition parties will allow a free vote by their members and there are a good number of Liberal, NDP and even Bloc MPs that come from rural areas where the firearms registry is an issue. We can only hope.
The catch will be how strong the backlash will be from the anti-gun groups, some of which had a direct hand in writing the original bill, C-68, and who will be lobbying heavily to convince MPs to oppose the Breitkreuz bill.
It behooves every gun owner to contact their local MP and tell them how important this bill is.