Quebec gun owners mobilizing this weekend to thwart proposed registry

Protesters against Quebec's proposed long-gun registry are taking a stand this weekend.

Dozens gathered in front of PQ leader's office on Saturday, more demonstrations expected Sunday

A group called Tous contre un registre québécois (a collective citizens group against the proposed long-gun registry) protests outside Péladeau's Saint-Jérôme office. (Antoni Nerestant/CBC)

Protesters against Quebec's proposed long-gun registry are taking a stand this weekend. 

Close to 80 people gathered in front of Parti Québécois Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau's office to protest on Saturday. 

They say the registry is a waste of taxpayer money, and it won't improve public safety.

The Liberals tabled the long-gun registry bill last December. It would cost around $20 million dollars to set up. The PQ is still reviewing the bill. 

Protester Gino Marra believes it's nothing but a political ploy.

"It's just a political game they're playing on our backs, to try to gain votes," he said. 

François Picard, who was also at the protest, said that kind of money could be better spent elsewhere.

"If the government [took] this money, to bring it back to mental health, that [would] be a better thing," he said. 

A group called Tous contre un registre québécois (a collective citizens group against the registry) organized the protest outside Péladeau's Saint-Jérôme office.

Protesters also visited the offices of PQ MNA Alexandre Cloutier in Alma, Que.

Another protest is planned for Sunday in Thetford Mines, outside the riding office of Forests, Wildlife and Parks Minister Laurent Lessard.


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