A rifle owner checks the sight of his rifle at a hunting camp property in rural Ontario, west of Ottawa, on Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/CP)"It's something that when it pops up you need to deal with it quickly so it doesn't spread," Clare said about the new law, which was passed by the legislature in early June. "Like when you have an infection you get it dealt with before you get gangrene." Canadian law classifies guns under three categories. Restricted guns such as handguns, and prohibited guns such as automatics must be registered with the RCMP. The third classification, known as long guns, are rifles and shotguns not considered restricted or prohibited. They are mainly used for hunting and sport-shooting. Non-restricted and non-prohibited weapons have no longer needed to be registered since the federal government abolished the long-gun registry in 2012.
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Clare said Quebec politicians have made statements in public about how their law was created to replace the federal registry."I think we've got them here," Clare said. "And our lawyer will be laying out our case against them when we go to court against this, and we think we have a very strong case." University of Ottawa professor Michael Behiels, a constitutional historian, said he doesn't see any obstacle to Quebec collecting data even though the classification of firearms is of federal jurisdiction. "Having a database for purposes of their own (Quebec's) responsibilities — such as policing — I don't see any conflict in that at all," he said. Quebec's Public Security Department did not immediately return a request for comment.
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