Quebec gun registry bill passes in National Assembly

The registry is expected to be operational by 2018 with an estimated cost of $17 million and an estimated annual cost of $5 million.

Quebec has passed Bill 64 with a staggering 99-to-8 vote, with no abstentions, in the National Assembly yesterday. The bill was introduced in December of 2015 and was introduced to replace the federal long gun registry that was abolished by the federal government in 2012 due to significant cost overruns and general ineffectiveness, points that were brought up by various gun lobby groups during rallies in opposition of the bill across Quebec before it was passed.

Under the new legislation all firearms owned by Quebec residents within the province must be registered with a unique serial number, gun stores must create and maintain a chart to track all firearms in their possession, and all sales – including private sales of non-restricted firearms – must be reported to the provincial government. Penalties for non-compliance include seizure of firearms, up to a $5,000 fine for an individual offence, and up to $15,000 for other cases.

Initial estimates peg the cost at $17 million to establish the registry and $5 million annually to maintain it. The registry is expected to be operational by 2018. Gun owners in Quebec will have 12 months from the date the gun registry comes into force to register their firearms.