Finally, the Long Gun Registry is History!

C-19 Passes Third Reading

Ottawa, ON – February 15, 2012: On Wednesday evening in the House of Commons, David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands was one of 159 MPs who voted at 3rd and final reading to kill the wasteful and ineffective long gun registry.

“This was a momentous and historic vote that has been a very long time in coming. The passing of Bill C-19 demonstrates that the Government stands with law-abiding farmers, duck hunters and rural Canadians across this country. We made a promise when Canadians elected a majority government and we have fulfilled that promise,” said Anderson.

Since the creation of the federal long-gun registry by the Liberal government, its costs have outweighed the benefits. The financial cost skyrocketed out of control from the original estimate of $2M to $2 billion dollars. Canadians have been repeatedly told that the long-gun registry would make them safer, and that it was needed for the betterment of public safety. This was simply not the case. The registry did not reduce crime -criminals chose not to register their guns or buy licences.

“A number of MPs have had a hand in legislation over the years in the form of Private Member’s bills and I commend them for their work. Most recently, MP Candice Hoeppner worked very hard and came within three votes of having her bill (C-391) sent to the Senate (153-151). I would particularly like to recognize and thank Garry Breitkreuz, MP for Yorkton-Melville, who worked tirelessly over the past 18 years making the case to repeal the registry. Garry is a dedicated, hard working MP who has led on this file and fought for something he believed in,” concluded Anderson.