OTTAWA (Ontario), October 25, 2011 – Following the tabling of the Government's proposed legislation to abolish the long-gun registry, Sue O'Sullivan, Canada's Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, today spoke out in support of the long-gun registry, urging the federal government to maintain the registry as a tool for preventing further victimization.
"Our position on this matter is clear – Canada must do all it can to prevent further tragedies from happening, including using the tools we have to help keep communities safe, like the long-gun registry," stated Ms. O'Sullivan.
According to 2002 RCMP data, long-guns are the most common type of firearm used in spousal homicides. Over the past decade, 71% of spousal homicides involved rifles and shotguns.
"Though there are varying points of view, the majority of victims' groups we have spoken with continue to support keeping long-gun registry," explained Ms. O'Sullivan.
"I have brought that voice forward to the Government by relaying those views directly to the Minister of Justice in our most recent meeting."
The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims to address their needs, promotes their interests and makes recommendations to the federal government on issues that negatively impact victims.