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LETTER: Recording origin of firearms is useless,expensive

An open letter to Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale MP Russ Hiebert.

I read the government is contemplating an additional system for marking and recording firearms’ origins. Reportedly, police chiefs support this measure.

I ask that you urge Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day to reject the proposal.

If implemented, it would be redundant, useless, expensive and another layer of paperwork and administrative burden on hunters and firearms hobbyists.

It would be redundant because firearms are already marked with a serial number and, usually, the country of manufacture as well.

It would be useless because it would neither solve, nor prevent criminal misuse of firearms.

It would be expensive because import markings after manufacture cannot be added at no cost.

Doubtless, the supporters of this measure are entirely happy if some manufacturers simply cease bothering to import into Canada or that the costs get passed onto peaceful firearms hobbyists.

It will bring with it the kind of cost overruns and crime-fighting ineptitude of the laughably useless gun registry.

Your government – in marked and generous contrast to the previous one – has targeted violent people who use firearms to cause harm, and largely stayed out of the way of lawful people who use them for sport. I encourage you to continue this focus, and dismiss this most recent legislative effort to burden duck hunters.

David Danylyshyn

Surrey

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