Tags: Canada's Firearms Act, domestic violence, gun control, IANSA, MP Candice Hoeppner, MP Garry Breitkreuz
The Canadian Parliament adjourned on Friday until September 14th. This means, until session resumes at least, that Canada’s Firearms Act will remain as it’s currently written, and that the gun registry will continue to be used by police as a preventative measure in protecting women and children from domestic violence. During the final days of session, it was unclear whether an election might be called; under Canada’s Parliamentary system, a no confidence vote against a fiscal bill introduced by the minority party in charge, the Conservatives, would result in an election and all of the bills currently under consideration would in effect die.
Confused by Canada’s political system? Me too, but what I do know is that an election was averted, thereby maintaining the ability by Parliament to discuss those bills introduced to eliminate the gun registry (C-391 and S-5) come September. C-301, another bill that had been introduced during session, was dropped from the House of Common’s calendar because on two separate occasions the author of the bill, MP Garry Breitkreuz, was a no show for scheduled floor debates. C-301 was controversial even to some Conservatives, as it included a laundry list of changes to the Firearm’s Act, not just an elimination of the registry. As a result, Breitkreuz refused to debate the bill and successfully eliminated any future possibility of discussion. C-391, authored by MP Candice Hoeppner, was introduced as an alternative to Breitkreuz’s bill, but session ended before it could make its way to the floor for debate. Hoeppner, following Friday’s summer adjournment, issued a press release claiming that opposition party members deliberately tried preventing debate and a vote on the bill. Perhaps those who Hoeppner claims attempted to kill the bill in committee had read any of the most recent Canadian newspaper articles on the subject. The following are two of the most recent:
It seems that although statistics illustrating the registry’s effectiveness are plentiful, with the help of MP Candice Hoeppner, discussion regarding the gun registry will continue into the summer, with the Conservatives, sportsmen, and the gun lobby united, fighting to eliminate the registry on account of what they claim to be a violation of their freedoms and a burden on tax payers. As one of only four countries with harmonized gun control and domestic violence laws, Hoeppner and the Conservatives should focus on illustrating the importance of protecting women and children through gun registries rather then on eliminating Canada’s, which does nothing to prevent law-abiding citizens from owning firearms.