Quebec to move ahead with own gun registry

Quebec Public Security Minister Stephane Bergeron



QUEBEC CITY - The Quebec government marked the 23rd anniversary of Canada's deadliest school shooting by reiterating its plans to create a provincial gun registry.

Public Security Minister Stephane Bergeron said in a statement that his Parti Quebecois government will soon table a bill to impose mandatory firearms registration.

He made the comments as he marked Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique massacre where gunman Marc Lepine fatally shot 14 women in 1989.

Bergeron also mentioned the deadly shooting at Dawson College in 2006, as well as the fatal shooting that disrupted Premier Pauline Marois' victory speech on Sept. 4.

"Quebec believes in a system of firearms registration, essential to the administration of justice, to police work and to the safety of the population," he said.

The Tories have dismantled the national registry created by the previous Liberal government but Quebec successfully persuaded a judge to stop Ottawa from destroying data related to Quebec gun owners.

In a ruling Sept. 9, Superior Court Judge Marc-Andre Blanchard ordered the federal government to transfer the data to the province while safeguarding any relevant equipment or personnel.

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