Quebec gun owners protest against re-establishing registry

Dozens of gun owners held a rally outside the St-Jerome riding office of Parti Quebecois leader Pierre Karl Peladeau Saturday morning in opposition to a proposed law that would re-establish the gun registry in Quebec.

See Full Article

The controversial registry was abolished four years ago by the former Conservative government in Ottawa.

Quebec decided to would create its own version of the registry after political parties unanimously voted in favour of Bill 64 in December, but a group of gun owners is seeking to convince politicians that the call for a gun registry is not unanimous.

“We feel misunderstood,” said activist Guy Morin of the group Citizens United against the Gun Registry. “People seem to ignore the fact that there's already strong gun control in Canada.”

Gun owners currently require a licence to purchase a gun or a long-gun.

“The registry is a useless extra step, especially if it only applies to Quebec,” said Morin. “Why Quebec? Are we better? I don't think so.”

Similar to the St-Jerome riding, rallies were held in Thetford Mines and in Lac St-Jean to denounce the proposed gun registry.

The PQ caucus is divided over reinstating the registry.

The emerging opposition against the registry has become a political hot potato in the National Assembly, where some MNAs from rural areas are feeling pressure from their gun-owning constituents.

“Well, because you have different sensibilities on the territory, so we must take into account these different sensibilities,” PQ MNA Bernard Drainville said about the matter last month.

In Quebec, 95 per cent of guns are hunting rifles.

“I think it's deplorable that law-abiding gun owners are demonized in society,” said gun owner Steven Clark.

The newly formed citizen's coalition against the gun registry is circulating a petition against the proposed law as plans to challenge it as it makes its way through the legislature.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • How to help your kids spot COVID-19 misinformation

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Neither parents nor Canadian schools have prepared students for the deluge of misinformation circulating online during the COVID-19 pandemic, says one education expert. For the most vulnerable among us, social media can be a confusing source for information and not enough is being done to help children sift through the muck, says education strategist Dwayne Matthews. Source
  • Jumbo task: Elephant hoisted from deep well in India

    World News CTV News
    DHARMAPURI, INDIA -- A wild elephant that fell into a well in southern India was lifted out with a crane following a 16-hour rescue mission involving dozens of rangers and firefighters. The elephant fell more than 20 metres (70 feet) after it wandered into a village in Tamil Nadu state last week while looking for food. Source
  • French former president Sarkozy stands trial for corruption

    World News CBC News
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial Monday on charges of corruption and influence-peddling in a phone-tapping scandal, a first for the 65-year-old politician who has faced several other judicial investigations since leaving office in 2012. Source
  • Former French president Sarkozy's trial for corruption suspended

    World News CBC News
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial Monday on charges of corruption and influence-peddling in a phone-tapping scandal, a first for the 65-year-old politician who has faced several other judicial investigations since leaving office in 2012. Source
  • Trump campaign legal team distances itself from Powell

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Perhaps Sidney Powell has gone too far for even Rudy Giuliani this time. The Trump campaign's legal team moved to distance itself Sunday from the firebrand conservative attorney after a tumultuous several days in which Powell made multiple incorrect statements about the voting process, unspooled unsupported and complex conspiracy theories and vowed to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” lawsuit. Source
  • Trump campaign legal team distances itself from conservative attorney

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Perhaps Sidney Powell has gone too far for even Rudy Giuliani this time. The Trump campaign's legal team moved to distance itself Sunday from the firebrand conservative attorney after a tumultuous several days in which Powell made multiple incorrect statements about the voting process, unspooled unsupported and complex conspiracy theories and vowed to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” lawsuit. Source
  • Israeli PM flew to Saudi Arabia, met crown prince: reports

    World News CTV News
    JERUSALEM -- Israeli media reported Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which would mark the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials. Source
  • Israeli PM flew to Saudi Arabia for clandestine meeting with crown prince: reports

    World News CTV News
    JERUSALEM -- Israeli media reported Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which would mark the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials. Source
  • Windsor's Frank W. Begley Public School reporting 37 confirmed COVID-19 cases

    Canada News CTV News
    WINDSOR, ONT. -- A Windsor school has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported on Monday there are 37 confirmed cases and two probable cases at Frank W. Begley Elementary School. Source
  • Psychiatrist set to testify for defence at Toronto's van attack trial

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A psychiatrist is set to testify for the defence today in the murder trial for the man who killed 10 people after driving a van down a crowded Toronto sidewalk. Dr. John Bradford is set to provide his evaluation of Alek Minassian, who has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder. Source