MYTH 1: The Firearms Registry is a financial boondoggle & costs billions to run.
Lie 1: In 2009, it cost $4.1 million to operate the long gun registry.
MYTH 2: There’s too much red tape in registering a long gun.
Lie 2: Registrations or transfers are done over the phone or online in a matter of minutes.
MYTH 3: It’s expensive to register/transfer a long gun.
Lie 3: It’s free. (but the gunowners should pay, IMHO–BA)
MYTH 4: The gun registry targets the wrong people.
Lie 4: As of 2009, 111,533 firearms were seized by police for public safety reasons or after criminal use. 87, 893 were long guns. (and where did the criminals get them? BA)
MYTH 5: Criminals use handguns. Long guns are used by law-abiding hunters and farmers.
Lie 5: Not always. Of the 16 police officer shooting deaths since 1998, 14 were committed with a long gun. In 2007, about 15% of known firearm homicides in Canada were committed with a long gun.
MYTH 6: Police don’t support the CFP.
Lie 6: All of the major Canadian organizations representing police support the registration of all firearms in Canada.
MYTH 7: Police don’t use the gun registry or the CFP’s other services.
Lie 7: Police across Canada access the Firearms Registry online on average 11,076 times a day, 2,842 of those queries for addresses involving community safety incidents.
MYTH 8: The Firearms Registry online has no impact on Police.
Lie 8: It does impact officer safety as evidenced by the fact that police used it 4,042,859 times last year.
MYTH 9: The CFP does not save lives.
Lie 9: The CFP does more than register guns. It’s another tool that assists police in making informed decisions that contribute to community safety.
MYTH 10: The “gun registry” database has been breached over 300 times by hackers – our information isn’t safe.
Lie 10: Wrong. The CFP’s national database has never been breached by hackers. Information is safe and secure.
A selection of links that you’ll find informative. Bon Appetit!
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