OTTAWA — The two sides in Canada's gun-control debate are exchanging fire over the Harper government's refusal to sign on to the UN treaty on small arms after the U.S. signed on this week.
Canada's National Firearms Association has warned against signing the Arms Trade Treaty, saying it will contribute to a rise in the price of small arms for Canadians and could lead to a return of the long-gun registry.
"We have identified major problems with the Arms Trade Treaty and its potential to affect Canadian firearm owners in several ways including both the cost and availability of imported firearms, parts, accessories and ammunition," NFA president Sheldon Clare said.
He said the treaty "is intended to drive domestic gun-control agendas."
"It contains provisions for universal licensing, mandates firearms registration schemes and provides methods to prohibit and confiscate handguns and semi-automatic firearms in countries where it is implemented."