Hayes Defends Farmers and Hunters as NDP Call for New Gun Registry


Bryan Hayes Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie and area promised during his election campaign that he would work to abolish Canada’s ineffective Long-Gun Registry.

On April 5th, 2012, MP Hayes along with the Government of Canada followed through with this promise and welcomed Royal Assent for Bill C-19: Ending the Long Gun Registry Act.

Recently, Thomas Mulcair, leader of the NDP, has committed his party to reviving the Long-Gun Registry. Mulcair says requiring firearms to be registered is the same as the obligation to register a car or license a dog. He also says duck hunters don’t need assault rifles, unless they’re planning to shoot a pterodactyl.
“I am proud that our Government followed through so quickly with our promise to end the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry once and for all!” said MP Hayes. “The Long-Gun Registry unfairly targeted law-abiding farmers and hunters and cost millions of dollars.”

This summer, the Conservative Government announced the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act which will:
· Merge the Possession Only License (POL) and the Possession and Acquisition License (PAL);
· Restrict the ability of Chief Firearms Officers to make arbitrary decisions;
· Create a grace period at the end of the five-year licence to stop people from immediately becoming criminalized for paperwork errors;
· End needless paperwork around Authorizations to Transport by making them a condition of a license;
· Require mandatory firearms safety courses for first-time gun owners;
· Strengthen firearms prohibitions for those who are convicted of domestic violence offences; and
· Fix the problem of arbitrary reclassification once and for all.
“Our government believes that owning a firearm is a right that comes with responsibilities. That is why we are committed to safe and sensible firearms policies,” said MP Hayes. “We delivered on our promise to abolish the Long-Gun Registry and we will always stand up for law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport-shooters.”