Cullen stands firm in resolve to repeal gun registry

OTTAWA

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said this week’s decision to delay until September a critical vote to drop a proposed bill to kill the controversial long-gun registry is disappointing but won’t alter his commitment to strongly oppose the costly, ineffective program.

“It’s outrageous that the Conservatives are continuing to play politics with their own bill on the very serious issue of the gun registry, especially when this is one of their so-called ‘top priorities’,” a frustrated Cullen said as Parliament rose for its summer recess yesterday.

“Rather than going before Parliament before the summer break for a vote on a recommendation from the Public Safety Committee that the bill be dropped, we now have MP Hoeppner towing her bill through 20 ridings on the public dime.

“It’s no surprise that hunters and other law-abiding gun owners increasingly suspect this summer tour is more about fundraising than it is a real effort to do anything about the gun registry.”

Cullen said the way forward on Bill C-391 remains crystal-clear to him.

“As I said when I voted in support of the bill to repeal the registry last November (at second reading),  it’s time to stop dividing the country over guns and move on to find effective ways to reduce gun-related violence.”

This week, Conservative MP Candace Hoeppner asked Parliament to wait until September to deal with committee recommendations that her private member’s bill be dropped.  Debate in the House is now set for Sept. 21, with voting the next day.

The 14-year gun registry has been controversial since its inception, condemned as a waste of tax dollars by critics and hailed as a crime-busting tool by supporters. 

Cullen says he has received “clear and decisive direction” from his constituents to oppose the gun registry, a position he agrees with personally.