The Public Safety Minister has introduced a bill that would amend the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act, few details available
Ralph Goodale, Public Safety Minister for the Government of Canada, has introduced a house government bill in the House of Commons today that would amend the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act.
While the text of that bill is currently unavailable at the time of writing, imaginations are already running wild. There are currently two leading theories as to why Goodale and, by extension, the Liberal government would reopen Bill C-19:
One: The bill would amend the Act to help facilitate Quebec’s provincial long-gun registry that passed earlier this year and is in the implementation stage. Not a far-fetched idea, as the federal government has previously approved of and supported Quebec’s long-gun registry, but I’m unsure how the Act would get in the way of a provincial registry.
Two: The bill would amend the Act to remove the provisions of that Act that removed the requirement for point-of-sale records keeping by gun stores. Requiring “firearms vendors to keep records of all firearms inventory and sales” was an election campaign promise by Trudeau, and coupled with the recent delaying of the Firearms Marking Regulations until December of next year this theory makes the most sense. Without having access to the text of the new bill, I would put my money on this.
While some gunnies may begin to see this as the beginning of the end, it’s important to keep in mind that the Liberal government has previously stated multiple times that they do not intended to repeal the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act, citing cost overruns as the primary reason. It’s good to be wary and skeptical, but it’s also not healthy for us as individuals nor as a group to assume the worst.
We will have additional coverage as more information becomes available.