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.
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.
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.
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.
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.