Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki said that the Conservative government will continue to fight to abolish the long gun registry, despite losing the vote to end the registry in Ottawa on September 22.
"In a close 153-151 vote, the Liberal, NDP and Bloc Coalition have forced the continuance of the long gun registry on farmers, duck hunters and indeed all lawful firearms owners," said Komarnicki.
"The vote on the long gun registry did not deal with a complicated issue. It was either up or down, in or out with the long gun registry. Their vote was disrespectful to all lawful firearms owners and in particular rural Canadians who won't forget what the Liberals and NDP did to them. They will get the message loud and clear in the next election."
Komarnicki said that the long gun registry was a mistake in the first place and simply put, should be scrapped.
"There is no correlation between a crime being committed and whether a long gun is registered or not. Any supposed connection is a fallacy that gives some a sense of false security," Komarnicki stated. "In fact, the long gun registry has been a colossal waste of money and a source of inconvenience and annoyance to many hunters, farmers and law abiding citizens. It needs to go at the first opportunity."
Komarnicki said that the issue is not over. He said his government will continue to work with and rally local communities, including frontline police officers and those chiefs who support the initiative, to abolish the long gun registry once and for all.