MLA supports scrapping gun registry

A local politician is taking aim at registering firearms.

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster has introduced a private member’s motion in the B.C. Legislature supporting the federal government’s decision to abolish the long-gun registry.

“It was a well-intentioned mistake, but for 17 years the federal firearms registry has cost Canadians more than $2 billion but has done nothing to fight the illegal use and trade of firearms that are threatening public safety,” said Foster.

“Despite what some fear-mongers have said, repealing the long-gun registry doesn’t change those measures which do contribute to the public’s safety.”

Foster insists that government will continue to prosecute those who use firearms improperly or own them illegally.

“But the way to make a difference in public safety isn’t harassing sports shooters and hunters but with a guns and gang strategy in our large towns and cities,” he said.

“The end of the long-gun registry will mean that people like the members of the Vernon Fish and Game Club or the Lumby and District Wildlife Association will no longer be treated as criminals for legally owning a rifle or a shotgun.”


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