According to the CBC and other national media outlets, the Quebec government is considering implementing a provincial registry for non-restricted firearms should the Conservatives follow through on their election promise to scrap the federal long gun registry.
Public Security Minister Robert Dutil told The Canadian Press that civil servants are considering a so-called “plan B” — a provincial registry — if the Conservatives deliver on their promise to ditch the federal one.
According to Dutil (who cites no statistics in support of his assertion) the long gun registry has been effective:
Dutil said several questions must be considered: Does the registry have a positive effect on reducing crime? Reducing suicides? Do police use the registry? Is the registry used in solving a wide range of crimes?
“The answers are yes,” he said.
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