Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberal Government Misfires on Promised Gun-Marking Measures

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberal Government Misfires on Promised Gun-Marking Measures

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Liberals misfire on gun-marking promise

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OTTAWA - The Liberal government has broken a promise to immediately implement firearm-marking regulations to help police trace guns used in crime.

On the eve of the Trudeau government's Friday milestone of 100 days in office, the pledge had not been fulfilled.

Just before the August federal election call, the Conservative government quietly published a notice deferring the firearm-marking regulations until June 1, 2017 -- the seventh time the measures had been delayed.

The regulations would require that specific, identifiable markings be stamped on firearms and had been slated to take effect Dec. 1 of last year.

The July 29 notice from Public Safety Canada said the delay would allow the government to continue consultations, despite six previous delays in enacting the regulations, first drafted in 2004.

In their election platform, the Liberals said they would "immediately" implement gun-marking regulations. The party also promised other, longer-term measures aimed at making it harder for criminals to get and use handguns and assault weapons.

The marking-regulation promise is also listed in a briefing book document prepared for the prime minister entitled "Key Commitments for Action in First 100 Days."

The Liberal government is working to ensure the regulations come into force "as quickly as possible," said Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. However, he added, the government is looking at "possible amendments" that would ensure the regulations are effective "without being too onerous for firearms owners and businesses."

The long-planned regulations would require domestically manufactured firearms to bear the name of the manufacturer, serial number, and "Canada" or "CA." Imported guns would have to carry the "Canada" or "CA" designation along with the last two digits of the year of import. …

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