That’s right folks, the Canadian Long Gun Registry has met its demise. On April 6th, 2012, Bill C-19 officially passed into law eliminating the need to register non-restricted firearms in Canada.
All other gun control laws are still in effect however. So you still need a license to own guns and you still need to register restricted and prohibited firearms.
So where do we go from here? How about licensing and firearm classification reform? The licensing process is unnecessarily complicated and drawn out. Let’s get it simplified and less invasive. (For instance, I see no reason why the form needs to ask about my conjugal partners) And the firearms classification process is done with no oversight resulting in several firearms being classified as restricted or prohibited based on essentially nothing other than the firearms appearance.
Remember that the fight for reasonable gun control in Canada is not over. It’s just beginning. Don’t get complacent now. Write letters to the newspapers, educate your friends and neighbours and above all, let your politicians know how you feel so they can take that message to Ottawa and we can hopefully continue to gain ground.