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Thread: Lakeland Times - Canada set to repeal gun registration; NRA sees global gun rights rising

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    It looks like the Canadian Parliament is set to repeal the requirement to register long guns. This would make Canada like the United States where registration of garden variety long guns is almost unknown as it appears only Hawaii, the Distict of Columbia, and perhaps a couple cities require all long guns to be registered, see map at

    This is not the first International rumbling for gun rights in recent years, e.g.:

    Brazil; October, 2005: NPR - Brazilian Voters Reject Bid to Ban Guns ("Brazilian voters have overwhelmingly rejected a measure to ban gun sales").

    India; January, 2010: Deccan Herald - Citizens can't be cowards, can kill in self defence: SC ("A person cannot be expected to act in a cowardly manner when faced with an imminent threat to life and has got every right to [use a firearm] kill the aggressor in self defence, the Supreme Court has held. . . . The apex court said the right to protect one's own person and property against the unlawful aggressions of others is a right inherent in man").

    Russia; January, 2010: RT - Ordinary Russians arm themselves for protection ("More and more Russians choose to take their protection in their own hands, as they buy guns and obtain permits for them").

    Egypt; February, 2010: Kipp Report - "Egyptians are confronting a violent crime wave with a decidedly American approach: buying guns"

    UK; April, 2010: - Strong growth in shotgun and firearms ownership ("There has been a surge in new shotgun and firearm certificates issued by the police . . . The number of registered firearms dealers is now also at its highest since 1988").

    Turkey; April 2010: Hürriyet Daily News - Turkish gun shops go from back alley to mall ("All Turkish citizens over the age of 25 have the right to buy and possess firearms").



    Canada set to repeal registration of hunting rifles, shotguns
    Gun rights advocates in U.S. hope repeal will spur efforts here

    After nearly 20 years, Canada appears poised to end one of its boldest experiments in gun control - the required registration of long guns, or shotguns and hunting rifles.

    Last November, a bill to abolish the Long-Gun Registry, enacted in 1995 and gradually phased in through 2003, passed a second reading in the Canadian House of Commons by a tally of 164 to 137. It faces a third and final reading in that chamber later this year; prospects are good for passage in the Canadian Senate.

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    The legislation would also require all registration information collected to date to be destroyed.

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    "Canadian taxpayers have shelled out $2 billion and counting to hassle hunters, farmers and sport shooters with registration requirements, while receiving nothing in return in crime reduction or prevention," Hoeppner told a recent gathering of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH).

    In an article written for London Free Press, Hoeppner called the registry a "massive" policy failure.

    "It makes no sense to force law-abiding individuals with firearms licenses to register their long-guns," she wrote. "It makes no sense to believe the registry will prevent a gun crime from taking place."

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    "They are telling women who are part of families that farm, hunt or sport shoot to also sit down and be quiet," she wrote. "They are telling women if they don't think as the Liberals do on these issues, they should be silent."

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    An equally vocal and perhaps politically stronger coalition has emerged against the registry, particularly the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters and a wide array of sport shooters groups.

    What's more, there are multiple grassroots groups, including the aptly named Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners Association, which advocates peaceful, nonviolent but active civil disobedience.

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    Impact on crime

    But what about the impact on crime? According to the current government, it has not reduced the crime rate.

    There are nearly 7 million registered long guns in Canada, the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics reports. Yet, the public safety department adds, of 2,441 homicides recorded in Canada since mandatory long-gun registration was introduced in 2003, fewer than 2percent (47) were committed with rifles and shotguns known to have been registered.

    In addition, the department cites the Vancouver Police Strategic Plan of 2004-08, which pegs illegal smuggling by organized crime as the principal source of firearms.

    "Indeed, the Vancouver police report that 97 percent of firearms seized in 2003 were illegal guns smuggled in from the United States, usually by organized crime," the public safety department states.

    The bottom line is, criminals don't register firearms, says OFAH executive director Mike Reader.

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    Of course, Second Amendment advocates are closely watching the Canadian fight, hoping a repeal of the registry in Canada will blunt fledgling gun registration movements not only in the United States but in the United Nations.

    "If all goes well in the Canadian parliament, Dominion gun owners will be freed from 14 years of living under the crushing weight of a bureaucratic, scandal-ridden, wasteful, invasive, $2 billion, error-ridden and inarguably worthless long gun registry," NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre wrote in the March issue of American Hunter. "The registry has been proven a fraud in regard to promised minimal costs and significant impact on violent crime."

    LaPierre quoted Dave Kopel, research director of the Independence Institute in Colorado, as saying, "Repeal of the Canadian registry would be of tremendous global significance. Repeal would also shatter the claim by the Canadian gun prohibition lobby that gun control in Canada is an irreversible ratchet."

    That's huge on the world stage, LaPierre wrote, "and made all the more significant as a backdrop in the pending debate on the United Nations' global gun ban."

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    This would be an awesome win for Canadian gun owners if this passes the third reading! It would be interesting to see what, if any, effect this would have on US gun laws.

    I think this is only the second time in my life I've said this, but kudos to Canada!

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