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Public Safety Canada

May 15, 2009 16:17 ET

Government of Canada Takes Further Action Toward Effective Gun Control

SUNDRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2009) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced the re-extension of an amnesty and other measures that helps firearms owners comply with the law.

"Our government continues to support our law abiding gun owners," said Minister Clement. "We have, once again, extended the amnesty to prevent the pointless criminalization of gun owners, who are working to come into compliance with the federal firearms laws."

"Make no mistake. This amnesty actually serves to enhance public safety. When previously extended, the amnesty encouraged an increase of gun owners registering as licensed firearms owners, as did the other measures we are renewing today," said Minister Van Loan.

The following three measures, which will encourage compliance and reduce the administrative burden on lawful firearms owners, are now in effect until May 16, 2010:

- Extending by one year an amnesty which allows individuals in possession of unregistered non-restricted firearms to take steps to bring themselves into compliance;

- Extending by one year the current fee waiver for firearms licence renewals or upgrades; and,

- Allowing eligible holders of expired Possession-Only Licences to apply for a new one within a year.

"Our effort to combat criminal gun crimes remains strong. We have introduced mandatory prison sentences for those who commit gun crimes and tougher bail rules for serious weapon-related offences," added Minister Van Loan.

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