Federal Government Puts off Measures on Serial Numbers until 2015

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Conservatives delay measures on serial numbers

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OTTAWA - The Conservative government says it has postponed implementing new rules on serial numbers for guns until 2015 so it can consider its options, which could include killing the measure.

The decision was taken by decree in late November and posted on the Privy Council's website on Wednesday.

The announcement said the delay will allow the government "to consult widely with all stakeholders."

The delay comes just before Friday's commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the massacre at Montreal's Ecole polytechnique, Canada's worst mass shooting.

Fourteen women were killed during gunman Marc Lepine's rampage, which led to a call for stronger gun laws.

The rules would help keep Canada in compliance with international conventions on arms smuggling.

Some gun enthusiasts have objected to the regulations because they said they would increase costs for manufacturers, who would pass the increase on to gun buyers.

Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, said Thursday the government wants to take into consideration the concerns of hunters, farmers and sports shooters who obey gun laws. …