Here is a story (I'll try to keep it short) that shows the effectiveness of the registry.
I bought a handgun in 1997. I received the registration certificate (green slip) stating the model was 67. I moved a couple of years later and informed the RCMP of my change of address. My new green slip had the barrel 2mm longer and the manufacturer was different. No other handgun registration I had experienced any changes. I called and questioned the "errors" and was told no errors were present on the new certificate and the barrel was always that long. When I had to "re-register" for the new registry, my certificate now stated a completely different model. When I called and asked why the model changed they told me it was because the original model was not in their new system therefore it never existed. I explained the model is stamped on the side of the receiver. "That doesn't mean anything" I was told. Now I'm trying to sell it and they don't believe it is the "new" model they assigned to it and I have to have it re-verified, by email, no less before they will re-register as a Model 67 and allow the transfer to take place.
There are NO errors in the registration system!! The Registration system is money well spent!!
This is the type of story that should be in the "Letters to the editor" column of the newspaper to show the general public what is really going on. I doubt anyone on this site is surprised by it but with the present battle over the registration system every bit of information showing the uselessness of the system helps.
I have a similar situation I guess. My gun had no numbers so the RCMP made up some for it. Now that's cool with me. I get my gun. but couldn't someone be using the same idea and manipulating the system? Maybe the people the gun registry is trying to stop? I'm gonna stick my neck out a bit and say the gun registry "could" be a good idea but the firearm owner should not bear any cost for it. If the country want's it that bad the country as a whole should bear the cost. (Mostly out of governemnt paychecks)
Just kidding. Parts of the system may be worth it, the PAL part maybe, but registering your guns is a waist of time. Now to defend what I have said is that checking each person out before we let them have a gun may be a good idea but it will not stop the crimal either. so what is the answer........ I have no idea but this system sucks.
Still Learning makes a point that the PAL is good and the registry is not. I think we as gun owners need to be very clear with anybody that we talk to that might be leaning towards maintaining or supporting the registry. People really don't understand that the Firearms licencing process (PAL, firearms training, safety and storage requirments ) have absolutely nothing to do with the registry. They are 2 completely different things. You can support licencing and not support the registry.
I believe non firearms owners are easily confused by this and they think that education, training , storage requirements and licencing are part of the registry and consequently support the registry. We as gun owners need to really make an effort to make sure people see these as 2 completely seperate things. A lot of gun owners support the PAL process and the licensing process but want nothing to do with the registry.
Good point Daveyn.
Another thing. Most firearms owners believe the federal Tories have pledged to get rid of both the registry and the PAL system.
They have not and they never have.
They have always been very clear that they promise to get rid of the registry, but the PAL system stays.
Which is fine by me, just pointing it out.
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