Islander delighted gun registry will be gone

  • Dec. 7, 2011 11:00 a.m.

The president of the Port Clements Rod and Gun Club, Ron Haralson, says he is “delighted” by the possibility of the removal of the long-gun registry.The bill scrapping the registry and destroying the records associated with it, was introduced last month and is being debated by a Commons committee. “The long-gun registry was a measure that was ill-considered,” Mr. Haralson said. “It was never going to be anything but a nuisance and I’m anxious to see it gone. I doubt it ever even achieved a 50 percent compliance.”Mr. Haralson is also in favour of scrapping the long-gun registry records, as he feels they are not secure. “It’s available to anyone who can hack the list, it’s my understanding that it’s happened before,” he said. Mr. Haralson also said it makes owners vulnerable to thieves.Gun owners will still need to have a Possession and Acquisition license to carry or purchase a gun or ammunition. The license requires the completion of a Canadian Firearms Safety course, and that the possessor have no criminal record, history of spousal abuse or mental illness.Mr. Haralson is confident that the registry will be abolished.”I think it is almost a certainty, it was a promise made by a majority government. It’s very likely that it will be and I’ll be bitterly disappointed if it’s not.”

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