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 ALBERTA HUNTING & FISHING NEWS
AFGA Encouraged with tabling of Bill C-19 10/28/11

Edmonton... Alberta’s largest conservation group, the Alberta Fish & Game Association (AFGA), is encouraged by today’s announcement of the tabling of bill C-19 in Parliament to dismantle the long gun registry. The gun registry has become a multi-billion dollar burden placed on taxpayers’ backs for years while at the same time having no visible impact on crime reduction.

The AFGA has opposed the registry of long-barreled firearms since day one as it believes that such legislation will not reduce crime. As an example, handguns have had to be registered since the 1920’s and yet they are more prevalent in crime scenes today than ever before.

Criminals simply do not register their firearms.

AFGA President Conrad Fennema said, “The cost of the registry is simply irresponsible spending of taxpayer dollars as was assessed by the auditor general on at least one occasion. The money would be better spent in dealing with the root causes of crime.”

Fears expressed by those with no understanding of firearms and their acquisition that anyone will now be able to purchase a long gun are totally unfounded. Individuals will still be required to get a license which is only issued once a background check (i.e. police check) and firearm safety course are passed.

The Alberta Fish and Game Association is a not-for-profit volunteer organization proud to serve Albertans in the promotion of the wise use of our fish and wildlife resources and the conservation of their habitats. The AFGA has been active since 1908 in working towards these goals and has a province-wide membership of more than 21,500 individuals spread among 100+ Clubs.



























 
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