Duncan supports long-gun bill
Comox Valley Echo
Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Local MP John Duncan is applauding a private members’ bill that, if it passes through Parliament, will scrap part of the long-gun registry.
“The long-gun registry has cost Canadians an estimated $2 billion, but most people realize that it doesn’t work because it targets the wrong people,” said Duncan, a Conservative MP.
“That money should have been spent fighting the criminal use of guns, not trying to control law-abiding gun owners.”
The bill, introduced by Conservative backbencher Garry Breitkreuz, must pass second reading before it goes to committee. It must then pass through committee before being voted on in the House of Commons.
Because the bill is a private members’ bill rather than a government bill, Parliamentarians are expected to have a free vote on the issue.
“I talked to an NDP member tonight who said that there are 11 members of his 37-member caucus that will support the bill and we know there are some Liberals who will support the bill,” said Duncan on Monday.
“Hopefully we can get support from most of the Conservative caucus, so I’m optimistic. But it will be a near-run thing.”
The bill, should it pass in its current form, will eliminate the long-gun registry for non-restricted firearms, ask the attorney general to conduct a public safety test on all gun control measures every five years and streamline licensing and other requirements under the Firearms Act.