By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Canada passed its long gun registration scheme in 1995. The bureaucratic attempt to require state knowledge and tracking of all legal guns in Canada was a disaster from the beginning. It was plagued with non-compliance, sabotage, corruption, crony-ism and cost overruns. Advertised as costing only 110 million, the costs ballooned into billions, as the ruling party used the program to reward favorites, and paid consultants to lobby to increase registry funds.
The registry was discontinued on April 5, 2012. Quebec fought to keep the registry in courts, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled against the Quebec government a year ago.
There was never any data showing that the registry had any effect on crime. It appears the RCMP, at the minimum, assured that no data was kept that would indicate if the registry was of any use as a crime fighting tool. No instances could be found where the registry was useful in solving crimes. New Zealand had eliminated its long gun registry in 1983. Police had determined that the registry was ineffective in reducing crime.
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