Myths & Facts

Myth #1:

In 2009, it cost $4.1 million to operate the long-gun registry.

Fact #1

Many different numbers have been thrown around. When appearing before the Standing Committee on Public Safety the Canadian Taxpayers Federation gave a number of $106 million per year. (House of Commons Public Safety Committee, May 25, 2010)

Myth #2:

Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal Proposal to Decriminalize the Long-Gun Registry will help farmers and hunters.

Fact #2

Ignatieff’s proposal to make first-time persons charged with possession of an unregistered firearm simply a summary non-criminal offence is not new. When Bill C-68 was brought forward by Allan Rock in 1995 the Canadian Police Association refused to support the bill without such a provision. Thus, Section 112 was entered into the Firearms Act, making it a “summary offence” to possess an unregistered firearm. (Toronto Star, March 31, 1995)

Myth #3:

The Canadian Police Association says their membership is totally supportive of the long-gun registry.

Fact #3:

During Parliamentary hearings into the long-gun registry, the President of the Canadian Police Association, Charles Momy, admitted that less than 1 per cent of his association’s membership responded to a survey on the long-gun registry. (House of Commons Public Safety Committee, May 13, 2010)

Myth #4

Virtually all police, including all Police Chiefs across Canada, support the long-gun registry.

Fact #4

Many police chiefs and front-line officers have spoken out against the long-gun registry. Rick Hanson, Calgary Police Chief, Evan Bray, Saskatchewan, Sgt/Det Murray Grismer Saskatoon, Sgt. Duane Rutledge – Active Police Officer, Dave Shipman, Mitch McCormick and Jack Tinsley – Winnipeg, retired, Bob Rich Chief of Police Abbotsford Police These are just witnesses, thousands more have supported with phone calls and emails. See Garry Breitkreuz’ s website for what police have said:

Myth #5

Police from across Canada access the long-gun registry over 11,000 times a day.


Computer activity does not denote usage. Of the 11,086 computer hits per day in 2009, 7,653 were for a name, 2,842 were for addresses, but a mere 19 were checking a registration certificate…of all types! The vast majority were due to hits automatically generated by a system designed to produce impressive statistics from irrelevant inquiries. (Source: