Posted by Patrick (220.127.116.11) on March 22, 2009 at 09:57:24:
MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is renewing efforts to generate support for his party's policy of scrapping the federal long gun registry.
Mr. Harper urged members of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters on Saturday to contact opposition MPs and pressure them to support legislation to scrap the registry.
“We are looking to unite a majority of MPs in repealing the long gun registry,” Mr. Harper told the group in a speech.
“The leaders of the opposition parties continue to be against this. But there are MPs in all these parties that know what we know, that law-abiding hunters and farmers are not part of the crime problem.
“I challenge you to press these MPs to follow their consciences.”
Mr. Harper's minority government has never brought a bill to abolish the registry to a vote, fearing there would not be enough support in the House of Commons.
Instead, the Conservatives have reduced the registry's budget and brought in fee waivers and amnesty for gun owners who haven't registered.
The registry was brought in by the former Liberal administration and has been constantly derided by the Conservatives for being a source of cost overruns and unnecessary red tape.
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