As the Obama administration pushes for stronger gun laws in the United States, Canada is moving toward entirely eliminating its controversial gun registry program.
Many critics have noted that gun registries place additional burdens on honest citizens looking to own firearms, while opening them up to politically motivated targeting of the kind recently revealed in the United States when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted it had been targeting conservatives for extra scrutiny.
Canada’s president, Stephen Harper, has lead a conservative movement in his country since being elected in 2006. In April, 2012, per his campaign promises, Harper’s government managed to secure approval to eliminate a longstanding federal gun registry.
On Thursday, June 27th, Quebec’s Court of Appeal sided with Harper’s federal government, by disallowing the province of Quebec from using data from the registry to build their own gun registry, which would presumably place the personal information at the hands of the government, and track those who were identified as gun owners.
In a statement after the ruling, Canada’s New Democrat Party’s Françoise Boivin, criticised the ruling, by arguing that, “it is unfortunate Conservatives have persisted in this costly court battle, using taxpayer dollars, to fight access to this data;” however, conservatives note that in 2005, Canada’s Auditor General came to the conclusion that the registry cost taxpayers in Canada an estimated $1 billion dollars.