MP Larry Miller Welcomes Decision by Quebec Court of Appeal to Abolish Long-Gun Registry in Quebec

June 27, 2013

Owen Sound, ON – Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is pleased with a decision by the Quebec Court of Appeal stating that the abolishment of the Long-Gun registry does apply in Quebec. This means that no Long-Gun registry information will be given to the Province of Quebec for purposes of creating its own database.

In April 2012, the Government passed Bill C-19 the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act. Following the passage of this legislation, the province of Quebec went to court and won the right to preserve its share of the long-gun data. The Federal Government appealed this decision, and today has won their appeal.

“I am very happy to see that the Quebec Court of Appeal has made the correct decision in terms of ending the Long-Gun registry in Quebec,” said Miller. “This is Federal legislation that applies to all Provinces and Territories in Canada. This decision will ensure that we continue to protect the rights of law-abiding hunters, farmers, and sport-shooters in all regions of the country, including Quebec.”

The decision reads: “Quebec has no property right to the data in the Canadian Firearms Registry… The data does not belong to Quebec, and the provinces have no control over it.”

The Quebec Government will have 15 days to appeal the decision.