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NDP government would revive gun registry, without the flaws: Mulcair

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks with the media on Parliament Hill, Wednesday October 29, 2014 in Ottawa.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks with the media on Parliament Hill, Wednesday October 29, 2014 in Ottawa. Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Tom Mulcair says a New Democrat government would revive the long-gun registry, minus the flaws that made the original registry so controversial.

The NDP leader says his party is committed to ensuring police have the ability to track firearms.

But it’s still working out the details of how to do that without running into the problems that plagued the Liberal-instituted registry that was scrapped by Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

Farmers and hunters strenuously objected to the registry, but Mulcair says requiring firearms to be registered is no different than the obligation to register a car or license a dog.

And he says duck hunters don’t need assault rifles, unless they’re planning to shoot a pterodactyl.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he would not revive the gun registry because it was too divisive; he says there are other ways to reduce gun violence, including the classification of restricted or prohibited firearms and the criteria necessary to purchase a gun.

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