Gun lobby files complaint, says cops still using registry data

Canada's long-gun registry is dead, but the National Firearms Association (NFA) warns some police...

Canada's long-gun registry is dead, but the National Firearms Association (NFA) warns some police may still be using data from it. RONALD ZAJAC/QMI AGENCY

Daniel Proussalidis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:26 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada's long-gun registry is dead, but the National Firearms Association (NFA) warns some police may still be using data from it.

"If this is actually what's going on, that there's some sort of shadow registry out there that's being used for reference ... this is far away from the intent of Parliament," NFA President Sheldon Clare said Tuesday.

Clare says he has filed complaints with the federal privacy and information commissioners, along with the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.

He alleges that at least three times since the registry was abolished, police may have used data that were supposed to be destroyed.

The best-known case, says Clare, is the RCMP's seizure of rifles and shotguns from flooded homes in High River, Alta., last summer.

He says recordings of RCMP radio transmissions indicate officers knew where to look for firearms and how many to expect before entering homes.

"It could be that this referred to restricted firearms or prohibited firearms, which are still registered, but that in our view is quite unlikely," said Clare.

Two other cases are from June 2012 in Ottawa, and from June 2013 in Fredericton, but Clare says he doesn't have permission to release publicly any details.

The Mounties have said they destroyed all electronic registry records outside Quebec related to non-restricted firearms in October 2012.

Registry data in Quebec won't be destroyed before the Supreme Court of Canada deals with the provincial government's appeal of the federal order to delete the records.


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