Gun lobby warns Ottawa on UN arms treaty
OTTAWA - Canada's recreational firearms lobby is telling the Harper government to avoid signing a landmark United Nations arms trade treaty, saying it could lead to an insidious return of the federal long-gun registry.
That's the message Canada's National Firearms Association and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association are delivering to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
Baird is weighing whether Canada should follow the United States in signing the Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to regulate the multibillion dollar global arms trade.
Sheldon Clare, president of the National Firearms Association, says he doesn't think Canada will follow the U.S. and sign the treaty because that would have "ramifications" within the Tories core voting base.
The Harper government fulfilled its 2006 election promise to scrap the federal long-gun registry in February 2012.
Baird has said he is weighing the impact of the treaty on lawful and responsible firearms owners.