Ghislain Picard speaks at the Assembly of First Nations Election in Winnipeg on December 10, 2014. (Photo: Trevor Hagan/CP)Sioui said the old registry — abolished in 2012 by the federal Conservative government — was "a complete failure" for aboriginal communities.
Old registry a 'complete failure'Sioui said First Nations communities in Quebec are better placed than the provincial government to ensure their citizens register firearms.
"It implicates us, gives us responsibility and the ability to walk around with our head high and engage with you on a nation-to-nation basis."Non-restricted guns, known as long-guns, do not need to be registered anymore since the Conservatives abolished the database several years ago. The federal government at the time claimed the long-gun registry was a waste of money, stigmatized responsible gun owners and did little to improve safety. Quebec fought the Tories all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada in order to receive the data related to Quebec long-gun owners but lost. Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said he appreciated that native people in isolated communities might have a difficult time complying with the proposed law but added the registry will be "simple and easy" to use — and free. Coiteux added that penalties for non-compliance will be civil and not criminal. Hearings into Quebec's long-gun registry bill are scheduled to continue in early April.
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