NFA Works to Stop Quebec Gun Registry
Prince George, B.C.- The National Firearms Association has started legal action to prevent the Province of Quebec from establishing its own long gun registry.
NFA President Sheldon Clare says the legislation infringes on the rules already established in Canada’s Criminal Code and is not within a province’s powers.
The National Gun Registry was dismantled four years ago, and Quebec tried to get access to the data from that registry. It was a move the NFA fought, and won “We have already given them a bloody nose once when we prevented them from getting the gun registry data, we fought them in the Supreme Court of Canada.”
The first round in this new battle has seen the NFA apply for an injunction to prevent the new legislation in Quebec from coming into effect until the case has been heard. The NFA is waiting to hear if they were successful in that injunction application “We are taking every step to ensure this bad law never sees the light of day.”
The concern is, that if Quebec is allowed to enact this new legislation, other provinces may attempt to do the same. “It’s a possibility that there are other jurisdictions that may see the opportunity to take advantage of a pattern of bad legislation should Quebec be successful.”
Quebec estimates it would cost about $17 million dollars to set up its own registry and another $5 million a year to keep it operational.
“The peer reviewed evidence is that none of Canada’s gun control laws from the 1970’s forward, have had any effect whatsoever on violent crimes, or crimes involving firearms, they do nothing” says Clare “All it is doing is providing knee-jerk, feel good feeling and not actually doing anything about crime.”
Clare says as tragic as recent incidents such as the Orlando night club shooting may be, a firearms registry won’t prevent such incidents from happening in the future “If people with bad intentions, want to do bad things, they are not short of tools and equipment in modern day society in which to wreak havoc.” He says responsible firearms owners in this country should not be subjected to legislated action which “harms only them and does nothing to prevent violence and violent crime.”
It is a long road before the action against the new legislation in Quebec reaches the Supreme Court of Canada, but Clare is optimistic “We have a good string of victories behind us, we don’t take such matters lightly and we are in to make sure we do a thorough job of this. We’ve done a very thorough and legal analysis of our situation and we believe we are on the right side of history here.”