The Coalition’s Recommendations
With support from women’s groups, health care organizations, victims and others, we were able to get an amendment to strengthen the screening for firearm licenses. But we need more. Bill C-71 is currently before the Senate of Canada for review.
Bill C-71 would require gun vendors to keep records of sales, a common-sense practice that had been in place since 1977. This part of the Firearms Act (1995) was removed when the centralized registry for rifles and shotguns was created, requiring individuals to obtain firearm registrations. When the registry was dismantled, and 6 million records were destroyed, this requirement was not restored. As a result, right now there is no information about who purchases rifles and shotguns in Canada and no way to trace them. The gun lobby says reintroducing the 1977 provisions is the same as the 1995 long gun registry. It is not.