Canadians Respond To Registration Much Like Americans Do

Any time there’s an effort to require people to register their guns, we routinely see few Americans willing to comply. Efforts in Boulder, Colorado are the most recent example. It’s not the first time that’s happened, either.


Instead, it sounds like it’s about par for the course for citizens of a country born out of a defiant nature when faced with tyranny.

Yet it seems that some of our neighbors to the North have a bit of that defiant streak as well when it comes to gun registration.

The deadline for Quebecers to register their firearms is just over two weeks away, but the vast majority of guns in the province remain unregistered.

Quebec’s Public Security Ministry says that 311,451 of the province’s non-restricted firearms, which include hunting rifles, carbines and other long guns, have been registered so far.

That’s up from 294,125 before the holidays, but is still less than 20 per cent of the 1.6 million firearms that were registered in the province when the federal registry was in effect.

Other gun owners have taken to social media to call for a complete boycott of the provincial registry.

“You’re targeting the wrong audience,” said [director of security for the Lower Canada Arms Collectors Association Steve] Torino. He argues that people using guns for criminal purposes will not register their weapons anyway, and that gun owners already undergo a thorough federal licensing process.

Ah, it warms my Second Amendment-loving heart.

It’s especially warming to know that they don’t have a Second Amendment to rally around up that way. They’re doing it out of an innate sense of right and wrong, which is fine with me.

Look, like Torino said, they’re targeting the wrong people. The people they need to be looking at are people who would never register a firearm. They get them illegally and use them illegally and never even pretend to comply with the law.


Further, if a federal registration didn’t work, why would a provincial one be more effective? While I tend to believe that laws work better on a smaller level, guns are small and portable. They can easily leave one province of Canada for another.

Then again, it’s not like anyone expects it to work.

They’re just too uncomfortable with the idea of people buying and owning guns without them knowing everything about it. They’re not happy that people aren’t beholden to their masters and so they want to require registration as a way to make them beholden.

It’s a power trip and little else.

It’s not even about control because anyone with any sense knows there won’t be any. They can’t control anything, even if people register their guns. Thefts alone make any registration scheme less than useless.

No, it’s about doing this kind of thing because they can.

Frankly, that’s what most gun control efforts are. They’re about making people feel a bit better despite knowing it won’t work worth a damn.

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