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Public Safety Canada

March 25, 2011 14:28 ET

Government of Canada Extends Firearms Compliance Measures

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada has extended the current amnesty intended to encourage compliance with federal firearms legislation.

"This Government is committed to improving public safety through effective gun control and tackling the criminal use of firearms, while reducing administrative requirements on lawful firearms owners," said Minister Toews. "We are extending the current measures to continue to encourage gun owners to comply with federal firearms legislation.

The Government has extended, until May 16, 2013, the amnesty that protects non-compliant owners of non-restricted firearms from criminal liability while they are taking steps to comply with the licencing and registration requirements of the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code.

"The Government is determined to focus its efforts on combating the criminal use of firearms. We have introduced mandatory prison sentences for those who commit serious gun crimes and tougher bail rules for serious weapon-related offences. In addition, we continue to invest $7 million annually to strengthen the licensing process by enhancing front-end screening of first-time firearms licence applicants," added Minister Toews.

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