Canada: Local government files legal challenge to save gun registry data

In Canada, the Quebec Government has filed a legal challenge to stop the deletion of the data currently kept in the national long-gun registry. On 4 April the Canadian Senate voted to pass Bill C-19, which will end the long-gun registry and destroy all data collected since the registry's inception. In a statement, Wendy Cukier of the Coalition for Gun Control and the IANSA International Advisory Council (IAC) said, “Today's vote not only dismantles the gun registry but reverses measures which have been in place for 30 years. Virtually all major safety groups in the country support the registry. The costs of keeping the gun registration of rifles and shotguns are modest - less than $4 million a year - while the costs of gun violence are immense".