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if ANYONE thinks that this can't happen here, wake up and think again

Discussion in 'Legal' started by alan, Dec 27, 2002.

  1. alan

    alan Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    sowest pa.
    Countdown on to register guns
    Firearms owners have till Jan. 1

    Barb Pacholik
    Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post

    Thursday, December 26, 2002

    REGINA -- The difference between being a registered gun owner or a criminal is a mere seven days away.

    As of Jan. 1, 2003, every gun in Canada is supposed to be registered.

    The federal government is anticipating "a last-minute rush" as thousands of gun owners aim for the target date, David Austin, spokesperson for the Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC), said earlier this week.

    "They don't want to run the risk of waiting," he said. After Dec. 31, those caught with unregistered firearms can face fines up to $2,000 and jail terms up to five years.

    Even as the deadline approaches, gun registry opponents haven't given up hope of scrapping the law. Those voices got louder and angrier earlier this month when the auditor general's report revealed costs will hit $1-billion by 2004-05 -- almost $900-million over budget.

    This past weekend near Battleford, about 150 firearms owners held a rally at which they burned gun licences and flushed away fake money to send a message to Ottawa.

    Despite the opposition, the majority of gun owners are complying with the law, Austin said. According to the CFC, 90 per cent of gun owners had a licence or had submitted an application for one -- the first step in the process -- by the end of November. And 70 per cent of those people have taken the second step and registered their guns. That means about 5.5 million guns are registered, Austin said.

    A CFC-commissioned study by GPC Research estimates there are 7.9 million guns in Canada. About 410,000 of those firearms are in Saskatchewan.

    Austin suggested the quickest way to register is online at www. cfc.gc.ca. CFC doesn't charge to register online. The other option is to mail in registration forms by Dec. 31. It costs $18 to register by mail because, unlike online, the data must be manually entered into a database, he said. Licensed gun owners were sent registration forms by mail. While the cost is currently $18 for as many guns as a person has, after Dec. 31, the price will rise to $25 per gun.

    In order to register firearms, gun owners must first have a licence. All owners were to be licensed by Jan. 1, 2001, "but there's some who have gone two years without being caught," Austin said. To get a licence, applicants must take a gun safety course test and have a "public safety screening." A licence costs $60 and is renewable every five years.

    Austin admitted it will be impossible for people to get licences now in order to meet the registration deadline since there's a 28-day waiting period. However, he suggested unlicensed owners should still register, but the forms won't be processed until they are licensed.

    Austin said the average gun owner hasn't paid more than $10 to get licensed and register their weapons. That $10 was the reduced price of a licence before the 2001 deadline, and registering online is free.

    For more information, call the CFC at 1-800-731-4000 or on the Web see www.cfc.gc.ca.

    © Copyright 2002 The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
  2. PATH

    PATH Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Rockland, New York
    Registration means confiscation!
  3. johnr

    johnr Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Goin' South...

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