Rob Merrifield Announces Destruction of Long-Gun Registry Records

November 2, 2012

Y E L L O W H E A D — On October 31, 2012, Hon. Rob Merrifield, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, announced that the long-gun registry, with the exception of registry information related to Quebec, has been destroyed.

“The deletion of the long-gun registry records marks a significant milestone in your Government’s commitment to eliminating the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry,” said Mr. Merrifield. “This is something I have long fought for since first being elected in 2000 and am now pleased to report that our promise made is a promise kept.”

Law-abiding gun owners will no longer be unfairly targeted and your Government will continue to focus its efforts on more effective measures to tackle crime and protect families and communities.

The deletion of data in the registry related to long-guns follows the Royal Assent of Bill C-19, the Ending of the Long-Gun Registry Act, on April 5, 2012.

“Your Government is making our streets and communities safer by targeting criminals who use firearms, not law-abiding Canadians. Make no mistake, the tax and spend NDP will not hesitate to bring back the long gun registry if they are ever given the chance to form Government.  Now that this data has been deleted, they can never be recovered – even by Thomas Mulcair.”

On October 9, 2012, the Government of Canada launched its appeal of the Quebec Superior Court ruling in the matter of Attorney General for Quebec v. Attorney General for Canada et al.

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