The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador disagrees with the registre québécois firearms

Photo: Jonathan Hayward Archive The canadian Press
The registre québécois firearms came into force this week.

As soon as it enters into force, the firearms registry continues to be the target of sharp criticism. After the quebec Federation of hunters and fishermen ― who was arrested last week the government caquiste Francois Legault ―, it is the turn of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) to find that the québec State is on the wrong track.

The organization denounces “the lack of any consideration of the realities faced by the holders of firearms among the First Nations” in the wake of the establishment of the registry. It calls for Quebec to “take note” that the management of firearms is the responsibility of the First Nations in their respective territories.

“The application of this law is likely to cause conflicts and confrontations undesirable “, anticipates Steeve Mathias, chief of the First Nation anichinabée of Long Point, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. He notes that the mode of life of the members of his community depends on hunting, ” a question of livelihood for the majority “. “Our people will not call their weapons without resistance,” he adds.

The chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard, for his part, expressed the wish to meet with the minister of public Safety, Genevieve Guilbault, to address the “irritants” expressed by its members. A request that was accepted, has informed the Duty his press secretary, Jean-François Del Torchio, without being able, however, to specify a date. “But the law has been adopted and applies to all “, he continued.

Low registration rate

The registre québécois firearms entered into force on 29 January. Last week, the minister Guilbault is committed to address a number of irritants reported by the quebec Federation of anglers and hunters (FédéCP).

It will not be necessary for owners to obtain a second registration number, only the serial number of the weapon will be required. Then, the owners will no longer have to measure the barrel length of the weapon they have and, finally, the obligation to report any movement beyond 15 days will be changed.

The amendments to the act proposed shall first be adopted by the national Assembly before entering into force.

The gun owners had until Tuesday midnight to sign the register, but just 24% of the weapons were registered in the morning, according to the most recent data of the ministry of public Security.

Remember that the registry is intended to replace the canadian registry of firearms, which was abolished in 2012 by the federal government. It aims to register all the weapons say ” shoulder “, either of the shotguns and rifles for the most part. This category accounts for 95 % of the firearms that are on the territory of Quebec. When the abolition of the federal register, we identified 1.6 million.

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