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Delta Applauds Canadian Government’s Firearms Amnesty

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Delta Waterfowl applauded the firearms amnesty announced today by the Government of Canada, and encouraged the government to move quickly to eliminate the long-gun registry.

The Hon. Stockwell Day, Canada’s Minster of Public Safety, announced the amnesty for long-gun owners who have not registered their firearms or who may have become ensnared in the complex firearms-registration process.

“Delta has always opposed the Canadian long-gun registry because of the threat it posed to the recruitment and retention of waterfowl hunters,” says Delta President Rob Olson. “We applaud the amnesty, and encourage the government to totally eliminate the gun registry.”

“Responsible hunters, trappers and competitive shooters have been unfairly targeted by this cumbersome and ineffective long-gun registry, “said Delta’s Vice-President of Policy for Canada, Dr. Robert Bailey. “ From an initial cost estimate of only $2 million per year, the registry has consumed over $1 billion with no noticeable impact on crime.

“Delta feels strongly that hunters are passionate conservationists dedicated to conserving wildlife resources,” Delta's Vice President of Policy for Prairie Canada Robert Sopuck said. “By discouraging firearm ownership in Canada and hence the recruitment of hunters, the long-gun registry set back conservation efforts in Canada.”

“This is great news for Canadian hunters,” said Olson. “Delta also appreciates the great work by Conservative Member of Parliament for Yorkton-Melville, Garry Breitkreuz, who has worked tirelessly to eliminate the long-gun registry.

“We hope that all political parties in the Canadian Parliament will support new Conservative Government in taking the next step, which is the complete elimination of the long-gun registry,” Olson added.

Delta believes that the failure of the Canadian long-gun registry will have a ripple effect around the world by causing countries that have such registries to re-think this failed strategy.

Editors: For more information, contact Robert Sopuck at 204-848-4007.