According to multiple sources, the Canadian Parliament voted Wednesday, to nullify a long-gun registry law which has been in place since 1995. The bill still needs to be ratified by the Canadian Senate.

Bill C-19 passed the House of Commons with 159 votes in favor and 130 opposed, marking the end of a hotly contested political debate on the House floor.

In a quote first published in National Post, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said “[C-19] does nothing to help put an end to gun crimes, nor has it saved one Canadian life,” said Toews, “It criminalizes hard-working and law-abiding citizens.” Proponents of the nullification further argued that the registry did nothing but introduce an expensive obstacle to lawful gun ownership.

The conservative House of Commons agreed 159 times.

Opponents of C-19 say that passing this law will be a step backward for Canadians. Charmine Borg, MP from Quebec, is a such an opponent. Borg had this to say on “There is absolutely no question the registry gives police officers essential planning tools they use for their interventions […] Victim’s groups have condemned Bill C-19. It is grotesque, insensitive and cruel to all these victims to abolish a registry whose records can save lives.”

A non restricted firearm, as defined by Canadian law, is an airgun, shotgun, or sporting rifle more than 660mm in length. If this bill passes, Canadian gun owners will no longer have to register their non-restricted firearms.  Gun owners will still need possession and acquisition licenses.

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  • Murker

    Hell yeah! Progress up north. Canada has some pretty absurd gun laws that are simply protectionism or feel-good legislation (much like the US) and it’s encouraging to see some sense in government. Bring it down south!

  • Heath Peterson

    they are coming back to the Right side.

  • The police already know the potential of any household they enter in Canada having firearms inside.Law abiding citizens in canada still need an aquasition certificate to posess and own guns,identifying the guns shouldnt be the issue a 22,410 shotgun,12ga shotgun,243 or 357 are all going to kill you and the police should proceed with caution.

  • Sheldon Clare
  • JustSomeGuy

        The article reads “A non restricted firearm, as defined by Canadian law, is an airgun, shotgun, or sporting rifle of less than 660mm in length.” THAT IS INCORRECT! I live in Canada.
        First of all, only airguns exceeding a muzzle velocity of 500 feet-per-second are considered firearms.
        Secondly, Non-Restricted Firearms must be GREATER THAN 660mm in length, NOT LESS THAN! If a gun is less than 660mm (about 26 inches) then it is a Restricted Firearm and requires a Non-Restricted License, extra training for a Restricted License, a gun club membership, a week of “cooling off”, and personal approval from the Chief RCMP Firearms Officer before you can purchase it.
         Even after the years of waiting for a license, extra fees, and hassle you can only ever fire a Restricted Firearm on a government-approved shooting range, and you must store it in a locking case with an extra lock on the gun itself when not in use.

    This author obviously had no idea what they were talking about. Rating this article one star.

    • JustSomeGuy

       Haha… somebody tried to change it. I copy-pasted that quote from above. It now reads “more than”. Too little, too late.