Politics

NDP tables long-gun registry bill

The NDP has tabled a private member's bill aimed at making the controversial long-gun registry palatable to rural and urban Canadians.

The NDP tabled a private member's bill Friday aimed at making the controversial long-gun registry palatable to rural and urban Canadians.

New Democrat MP Charlie Angus said he's hoping for support from Liberal and Bloc Québécois MPs to accelerate the normally lengthy legislative process for private member's bills.

But it's a long shot that the bill will ever make it through Parliament. The Liberals have their own plan for reforming the registry should they form the next government and the Bloc Québécois, while willing to consider Angus's bill, says it won't support anything that weakens the registry.

If the bill does make it through the House of Commons, it will likely run into a brick wall in the Senate, which is now dominated by Conservatives, who are committed to abolishing the registry outright.

Among other things, Angus's bill would decriminalize first-time failure to register long guns and eliminate registry fees.