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June 13, 2012 16:35 ET

The Harper Government Tables Proposed Regulations Related to the Firearms Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 13, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, tabled in Parliament proposed Firearms Information Regulations (Non-Restricted Firearms) so that businesses would not be required as a condition of a licence to collect and keep point-of-sale data with respect to long guns. The Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act repeals the requirement for law-abiding duck hunters and farmers to register non-restricted firearms and these proposed regulations will ensure that a long gun registry is not created through the back-door and the will of Parliament is respected.

"Our Government has successfully passed legislation to scrap the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry once and for all," said Minister Toews. "The regulations we are proposing under the Firearms Act will ensure that a long-gun registry will not be created through the back door and the will of Parliament is respected."

"Our Government stands up for law-abiding Canadian duck hunters and farmers, which is why we put an end to the wasteful and ineffective gun registry once and for all," said Candice Hoeppner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety. "These proposed regulations will no longer require businesses to collect and keep this point-of-sale data for non-restricted firearms."

While businesses would continue to be able to keep normal business records, they would no longer be required to keep the information that identifies the buyer of a non-restricted firearm. This will eliminate the potential for the re-creation of the federal long-gun registry.

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