Police chiefs show support of federal long-gun registry

Despite Conservative concerns, they say the registry is “effective and efficient”

Canada’s police chiefs are planning a large public relations campaign to show their support of the federal long-gun registry, which the Conservative government wants to scrap. A draft report obtained by CBC News before the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in Edmonton shows the chiefs want to publicly support the gun registry, which they say is effective and efficient. Toronto Police chief Bill Blair acknowledged “legitimate concerns” about the $1 billion initially spent on setting up the registry, but said it now costs only about $4 million a year to operate. “It’s a little frustrating quite frankly, because there’s a lot of ideology mixed up in this,” Blair said. “I think a lot of resentment around the gun registry comes from historical concerns [from] when the registry was set up.”

CBC News

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