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09/21/2010

Jim Rankin looks up North as the Long Gun Registry comes to a head.

Jim Rankin/Staff Reporter-Photographer


Wednesday, Sept. 22, is the day Parliamentarians vote on a contentious motion on whether to scrap a Conservative private member's bill to scrap the 15-year-old federal long gun registry that requires all gun owners to be licenced and for all shotguns and rifle to be registered. I went north to the North Bay and Sudbury area to see how people feel about a registry that some feel is useless and expensive, while others, including police chiefs, see as a valuable gun control tool.

JR_GunRegistry12 SUDBURY - A customer's rifle in the foreground, Walter Boeswald, hunter and employee at Ramakko's outdoor store in Sudbury, opposes the registry, calling it too bureaucratic. Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner's private member's bill to scrap the long-gun component of the federal firearms registry is the subject of a Sept. 22 vote that is too close to call.

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NORTH BAY - A gun owner reads a postcard pamphlet produced by the federal Conservative party prior to a speech by Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner.

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SUDBURY - The Big Nickel monument in Sudbury looms over the gun control debate. NDP members of parliament in northern and rural ridings have decided  to support the registry and amend it to make it easier on responsible  gun owners. Will their decisions cost them votes from the gun crowd?  Many feel other issues, such as pensions, health care and the NDP's  support for striking miners will outweigh any damage form the stance  on the gun issue. 

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NORTH BAY - Candice Hoeppner, Conservative MP from Manitoba, who has introduced a bill to kill the registry, addresses a gun friendly crown at a town hall discussion at North Bay's Davedi Club. 

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SUDBURY - Walter Boeswald, a life-long hunter and employee at Ramakko's outdoor store chats with a customer in the store's gun room.

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NORTH BAY - Gun owners listen to a speech by Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner at the Davedi Club.

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SUDBURY - Korean war vet Alfred Pelletier, 76, left of Elliot Lake, and shooting pal Graham Watson, 66, also of Elliot Lake, visits Dennis Zaparanuik, owner of Shooter's Den. The long-gun registry has been a topic of irritation amongst gun store regulars for over a decade.

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 SUDBURY - Al Ouellette, 28, a machinist with three young children, plays a friendly game of slo-pitch at the Terry Fox Sports Complex. A life-long hunter, he believes the long-gun registry is useless and should be tossed.

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Not a lot of women in those pictures...in fact an awful lot of old white guys. Perhaps you had a hard time finding women who supported the registry?

As a gun club member, target shooter and owner of both hand guns and long guns I have no problem with registering ALL my firearms. Granted I'm in the minority but I believe the Registry can help ensure the safety of Canadians. The act of registering a weapon is fast, surprisingly free of bureaucratic silliness, and free. Bottom line, if one life is saved thru the use of the registry then it is worth everything its cost! As to the charge that it’s another government intrusion on personal privacy, please! The average Canadian, including gun owners, voluntarily provide more personal information then any government can use thru the use of Social Media sites, shoppers reward point cards and air miles etc.

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