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Quebec prepping its own gun registry

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KRIS SIMS | QMI AGENCY

Quebec is moving ahead with plans to create its own long-gun registry.

The Parti Quebecois government plans to table the "Firearms Registration Act" in the National Assembly as early as next week.

The intention was printed in the Notice Paper on Thursday.

The move isn't popular with the feds.

"Provinces can take any action within their jurisdiction; however our government will focus on concrete solutions that actually reduce gun crime, without placing unnecessary burdens on hunters, farmers and sport shooters," said Julie Carmichael, spokeswoman for Minister Vic Toews.

The Conservative government destroyed the Federal Long Gun Registry in the Spring of 2012 - one of their first acts after winning a majority government.

The national database was created by the Liberal government in 1995.

It recorded the names, addresses, phone numbers and registration numbers of every Canadian who owned a rifle or a shotgun.

Largely loathed by rural Canadians who use long guns for hunting and managing their farms, the registry was fraught with errors - a soldering gun was mistakenly registered. It cost $2 billion to run the registry.

After the registry was abolished by the feds the Quebec government, under then Liberal Premier Jean Charest, got an injunction preventing the Quebec data from being destroyed.

The two sides have a date with the Supreme Court.

For the past year many Quebec long gun owners have swapped and sold their guns in protest, rendering the nationally collected info obsolete or incorrect.

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