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Public Safety Canada

May 18, 2012 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Takes Action Toward Effective Gun Control

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 18, 2012) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced amendments to the Firearms Fees Regulations as part of the Government of Canada's plan to bolster public safety and effective firearms control.

The Government of Canada has waived the fees associated with renewing or upgrading all classes of firearms licences until September 17, 2012.

Effective September 18, 2012, the fee waiver for renewing licences with restricted or prohibited privileges will expire, while the fees for renewing a licence with non-restricted privileges will continue to be waived until May 16, 2013.

"Our Government is committed to effective gun control and tackling the criminal misuse of firearms," said Minister Toews. "We believe in targeting criminals, not duck hunters and farmers."

"Our effort to combat criminal gun crimes remains strong. Through a number of other legislative measures, the Government has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to tackling the criminal use of firearms, through the introduction of minimum mandatory penalties for gun crimes and increased screening for new firearms applicants," added Minister Toews.

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