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Posted September 14 , 2010

Sept. 15 is National Day in Support of the Long Gun Registry Long Gun Registry Saves Lives

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (CPC) endorses the call by the Canadian Association of Police Boards (CAPB) to observe Wednesday, September 15, 2010 as the National Day in Support of the Long Gun Registry.

In May 2010, the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council voted unanimously to endorse a joint statement on firearms from the Canadian Police Association, the Canadian Association of Police Boards and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and released a position on Bill C-391 (see CPC Position) opposing the proposed abolishment of the Long Gun Registry. The Long Gun Registry plays a critical role in controlling gun violence in Canada.

“Canadians deserve to live in safe communities,” said Christiane Sadeler, Executive Director of the Crime Prevention Council, “At $4 million per year the Long Gun Registry is a cost-effective strategy that complements social development and law enforcement efforts to prevent crime before it happens.”

Police across Canada accessed the registry 4,042,859 times last year (an average of 11,076 times daily) and our own police service uses the registry at least 31 times each day. The registry has been shown to significantly reduce gun incidences. Close to 88% of women who are killed in a situation of domestic assault are killed by the use of a shotgun or rifle.

The registry was a direct result of the fatal shooting by a single gunman of 14 young women at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989. After that tragic event, the coalition for gun control was founded to advocate for the establishment of the registry (see www.guncontrol.ca).

The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council is an advisory committee to the Region of Waterloo that works to reduce and prevent crime, victimization and fear of crime. It consists of 45 members representing the community-at -large, social services, education, health, planning, justice, police, and community agencies among others.

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