MP MacKenzie Announces Destruction of Long-Gun Registry Records

Ottawa, ON— Today, Member of Parliament for Oxford, Dave MacKenzie announced that as of October 31, 2012, the long-gun registry, with the exception of registry information related to Quebec, has been destroyed.

“The deletion of the long-gun registry records marks a significant milestone in this Government’s commitment to eliminating the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry,” said MP MacKenzie. “Promise made, promise kept.”

Law-abiding gun owners will no longer be unfairly targeted, our Government will continue to focus its efforts on more effective measures to tackle crime and protect families and communities.

The deletion of data in the registry related to long-guns follows the Royal Assent of Bill C-19, the Ending of the Long-Gun Registry Act, on April 5, 2012.

“Our Government is making our streets and communities safer by targeting criminals who use firearms, not law-abiding Canadians. Now that this data has been deleted, it can never be recovered.”

On October 9, 2012, the Government of Canada launched its appeal of the Quebec Superior Court ruling in the matter of Attorney General for Quebec v. Attorney General for Canada et al.