(Canada) Gun officials tell man he has 12 weapons ... but he only has 11


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Drizzt
December 26, 2002, 02:15 PM
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December 23, 2002 Monday Final Edition

SECTION: CANADA; Pg. B1

LENGTH: 530 words

HEADLINE: Registry foul-up confuses owner;
Gun officials tell man he has 12 weapons ... but he only has 11

SOURCE: CP

BYLINE: The Canadian Press

DATELINE: Maitland, N.S.

BODY:
Edward Hatch received the registration numbers for 12 guns from the federal government in his mail last week.

The problem is, the Nova Scotia man says he only has 11.

Hatch has been calling the Canadian Firearms Processing Centre in Miramichi, N.B., for a week in a futile effort to talk to someone about the oversight. "I don't know how many times . . . maybe 35 times or more I called," the hunter and trapper said Saturday from his home.

Hatch, like many other gun owners, reluctantly registered his weapons to comply with the new registration law.

But the extra registration number he received from the processing centre has him worried.

"There is a good chance they're going to come looking for that other gun that I do not have," Hatch said.

It's ironic, he said, that he registered his guns to comply with the law and now because of a bureaucratic oversight he could be in the position of breaking the law.

Hatch's situation is similar to that of gun owner Bob West of Halls Harbour, N.S. He discovered last week that one of his weapons is registered at least twice. West had similar problems in trying to contact the firearms processing centre by calling the toll-free numer -- 1-800-731-4000.

Phone calls to the centre on Saturday were answered by an automatic message system, then finally by a staffer who couldn't comment on operations.

An official spokesperson couldn't be reached.

Hatch said all the confusion about registration is hurting the credibility of the program.

'All this trouble'

"A lot of people are not going to bother registering because of all this trouble," he said.

"They'll just hide their guns."

Meanwhile, in Battleford, Sask., firearms owners threw fake money down a toilet Saturday to dramatize their opposition to the federal firearms registry during a rally outside this small town.

Others in the crowd of about 150 burned their Firearm Acquisition Certificates and firearm possession licences to protest the program's cost overruns.

"This Liberal government is prepared to keep flushing your money and flushing your money and flushing your money," protest organizer Bill Risling told the crowd.

The rally comes with the program's registration deadline looming less than two weeks away. Firearm owners currently have until Jan. 1 to register their weapons.

Those who do not comply could face fines of up to $2,000 and jail terms of as long as five years.

According to officials from the firearms centre, about 70 per cent of the 1.8 million Canadians with firearms licences had registered their weapons by the end of November.

In recent weeks, the Liberal government faced a flurry of criticism when it acknowledged that the registry will have cost more than $1 billion by 2005.

Jack Hillson, the only member of the Saskatchewan Liberal party that currently has a seat in the provincial legislature, attended Saturday's rally.

Hillson said he was initially in favour of the registry, but the cost overruns have caused him to reconsider his position.

"I think it's time to admit that the registry has been a failure," Hillson said. "This country simply has better places to spend its billion dollars."

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Slotback
December 26, 2002, 02:24 PM
And gun registration is going to make who safe?

Sheesh. I hope the Canadians continue to register things like their power tools, just to screw up the system.

TearsOfRage
December 26, 2002, 03:01 PM
Originally posted by Drizzt
Meanwhile, in Battleford, Sask., firearms owners threw fake money down a toilet Saturday to dramatize their opposition to the federal firearms registry during a rally outside this small town.

Others in the crowd of about 150 burned their Firearm Acquisition Certificates and firearm possession licences to protest the program's cost overruns.




I wish americans had the guts to do that. :(

Gordon
December 26, 2002, 09:26 PM
Oh this and more is coming to Kali, I assure you. :mad:

Tamara
December 26, 2002, 09:55 PM
The response from north of the border has been fairly heartening thus far.


Refuse and resist, people, refuse and resist... :cool:

Blackhawk
December 26, 2002, 10:38 PM
And ignore. Refuse, resist, and ignore....

Tamara
December 26, 2002, 10:49 PM
I thought that was the "refuse" part... ;)

Giant
December 26, 2002, 11:48 PM
Tamara-

Refuse and resist, people, refuse and resist...


Blackhawk-

And ignore. Refuse, resist, and ignore....


Thanks to all of you, your support is very much appreciated. Everyone is right, it is going to get a lot worse in Kali.

I wanted to write about The California Department of Justice heads obstructing justice and writing their own antigun law into the books without benefit of passed legislation to support it. However, I can not support that with proven fact at this time and so I will not write on it. Let me say this though, the confidence (trust) of the people of California in law enforcement at the state level and the courts is at an all time low!


Giant

Giant
December 27, 2002, 12:00 AM
Sorry for hijacking the thread. Yeah I know the topic is on Canada and their plight, but I saw something about Kali, everthing went black for a moment and before I realized what was happening the submit reply button had already been clicked. Anyway, back to the regular programing.

Giant

Lord Grey Boots
December 27, 2002, 12:50 AM
The Canadian Firearms Processing Centre recently told the head of the Canadian National Firearms Association that he does not have any guns. He registered his months ago, and was moving and trying to keep the paperwork clean.

Interesting, a registration system that is unable to tell if someone owns any guns....

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