In a November 5 media release, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, “the oldest and largest nonprofit, nongovernment fish and wildlife conservation organization in Canada representing more than 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters,” writes:
For 14 years, the O.F.A.H. has been determinedly fighting to scrap the long gun registry through media campaigns, rallies, presentations and meetings with public officials and politicians, and most recently, a national online petition.
Greg Farrant, O.F.A.H. Manager of Government Relations and Communications, said, “This is an important moment for law-abiding firearms owners across Canada. Since 1995, OFAH, our provincial and territorial affiliates, recreational shooting organizations, hunters and farmers have been calling on the government to abolish the long gun registry, a paper trail nightmare which has cost Canadian taxpayers almost $2 billion dollars, a far cry from the promised $2 million dollar price tag."
The release continues, “The vote was one step in a long process that has seen law-abiding firearms owners across Canada and almost 80,000 signatories on petitions earlier this year urging the government to end the long gun registry. Two major police associations, some police chiefs and many frontline police officers across Canada have also indicated that they support elimination of the long gun registry.”
In a position paper posted on its website, The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police writes that it strongly opposes the bill because it will make Canada less safe. Canadian police use the registry more than 10,000 times every day to determine if the household or individual they are investigating has registered weapons. If weapons are present, they are seized. According to the paper, “Without information about who owns firearms legally, and the firearms they own, we cannot charge individuals with illegal possession. We need strong laws controlling firearms.”
Larry Pratt, Executive Director for Gun Owners of America, wrote a few years ago on GOA’s web site:
One of the major issues in the [2006 Canadian] campaign was gun control. For about a decade, the Liberals had attempted to convince Canadians that a registry of the long guns of the good guys would keep the bad guys from having guns. As crime rose, and suspicious gun owners refused to obey the law, the Liberal claim to divine knowledge became tattered.
Legitimacy was replaced by contempt when it turned out that the registry's computers had been hacked and used for precision burglaries of gun collections. The system sold as the way to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys was actually putting guns in the "wrong hands" as Sarah Brady likes to put it!
The New York Times reports that “observers on both sides expect it to pass” early next year. If it passes and the registry is ended, it would be a victory for freedom lovers in Canada, and a net gain for freedom in general that American constitutionalists should cheer.