long gun registry

What happened to that gun registry, anyway?

Author A.J. Somerset explains why nobody, except gun owners, wants to talk about gun control this election

A gun registry? No. Yes. No. Martin Patriquin on Mulcair’s flip-flops

How the NDP Leader’s past statements often conflict with his current policy

25 years after the Montreal massacre, gun control is lax as ever

There’s been progress in the years since the shooting at École Polytechnique. But whatever happened to the Firearms Act?

The Backbench Spring: Bruce Hyer champions independence

‘I was not really the one who was punished by the party and by our system here’


Garneau on the long gun registry

While we’re sorting out everyone’s position on the gun registry, here are Marc Garneau’s comments to reporters after QP yesterday.


Mulcair on the long gun registry

While we’re sorting out everyone’s position on the gun registry, here are Thomas Mulcair’s comments to reporters after QP yesterday.


Justin Trudeau tries to explain himself

The Liberal leadership candidate explains how he defines failure.


Throwing the gun registry under the bus

Chris Selley mocks Justin Trudeau’s latest comments on the gun registry.

Justin Trudeau and the long gun registry

Over the weekend, Justin Trudeau used the word “failure” to describe the long gun registry.
The fact that we have a government, or successive governments, that have managed to polarize the conversations around gun ownership to create games in electoral races when you don’t have to have a … There is no concept, no idea, that gun ownership is ever going to be under attack for law-abiding hunters and farmers across this country. But we need to keep our cities safe and I don’t see that that’s an unsolvable solution but I do see that the long-gun registry, as it was, was a failure and I am not going to rescuscitate that. But we will continue to look at ways of keeping our cities safe and making sure that we do address the concerns around domestic violence right across the country in rural as well as urban areas in which, unfortunately, guns do play a role. But there are better ways of keeping us safe than that registry…
In response, Vic Toews and Candice Bergen tweeted their indignation. Pierre Poilievre and Francoise Boivin are dismayed.

Mr. Trudeau voted against C-391, Mr. Bergen’s bill that would have eliminated the registry, in September 2010. And afterwards he apparently had this interaction with protesters on Parliament Hill.


‘The will of Parliament and Canadians has been clear’

Yesterday afternoon, the Harper government announced it would appeal a Quebec court’s ruling on long gun registry data. Here is the official statement from Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.


Of data, guns, Parliament, federalism and the law

As Paul notes, a Quebec Superior Court judge says the Harper government must transfer long-gun registry data to the government of Quebec.


The opposition bench: as we were saying…

So a Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled that the federal government must hand over data from the long-gun registry to the Quebec government. The decision, which I will now read, is here, in French.