Canada

Tories reintroduce bill to eliminate long-gun registry

The federal government reintroduced a bill Friday aimed at killing the controversial registry for rifles and shotguns, legislation that died when Parliament was prorogued in September.

The federal government reintroduced a bill Friday aimed at killing the controversial registry for rifles and shotguns.

The Conservatives firstintroduced thebill to amend theCriminal Code and Firearms Actlast June, butitdied when the last Parliamentary sessionwas prorogued in September.

"Our government has made a commitment to repeal the long-gun registry and we are following through on our promise," Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day told the House of Commons.

The bill would repeal the requirement for businesses and individuals to register non-restricted long guns, but gun retailers would have to record all sales of non-restricted guns, as they were required to do before the registry came into effect.

People would still need a firearms licence to buy rifles and shotguns.

Daysaid theTories willuse the money that would have gone to the registry to fund law enforcement.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper campaigned on a promise to scrap the long-gun registry, which was supposed to cost $2 million when the Liberal government introduced it in 1995. Its cost wound up being roughly $1 billion.

Opposition parties have said they are against eliminating the registration requirement.

With files from the Canadian Press

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