NEWS RELEASE

May 2, 1995 For Immediate Release

IF ONLY GUN REGISTRATION WAS THE SAME AS REGISTERING A CAR

"All Liberals can do is think of new ways to regulate private property and intrude into our lives."

Ottawa - Garry Breitkreuz, MP for Yorkton-Melville would like to thank all the responsible firearm owners who have written to him destroying Allan Rock's arguments that registering guns is the same as registering cars. Here are a summary of some of the best reasons sent to Breitkreuz's office:

(1)You don't have to register your car unless you drive it on public roads;

(2)You don't face a criminal charge of up to ten years in jail if you fail to register your car;

(3)You don't have to store your car in a locked garage;

(4)You won't be charged with improper storage if a criminal steals your car;

(5)You don't need to prove to the government that you have a legitimate need for a car;

(6)You don't need to justify your continuing need to own a car to the government every 5 years;

(7)Police won't subject you to unreasonable search and seizure just for owning a car;

(8)You don't have to worry about the government confiscating your car if you obey the law;

(9)You can expect to be compensated if the government arbitrarily takes your car for no good reason;

(10)You can pass your car on to your heirs when you die;

(11)You don't need to have a licence to buy a car or pay a fee just because you own a car;

(12)You don't need to complete a four page application and background check to buy a car;

(13)You don't have to pass a safety course to own a car, just if you use it on public highways;

(14)You can own as many cars as you want and can loan, give or sell your cars to anyone at any time;

(15)Registration of cars, licences, licensing fees and user fees is a provincial responsibility; and

(16)Finally, there is no national car registry;

"It is obvious that registering firearms is not anything similar to registering cars," said Breitkreuz. "Let's get on with solving some of the real problems in this country - jobs and the economy. Registering all firearms will only increase taxes and destroy more jobs. Is this gun control bill just a smoke-screen to hide a bankrupt agenda and a lack of vision?" asked Breitkreuz. "We need direct democracy in Canada. We need free votes for all MPs, not just Reformers. We need the right to recall MPs. We need the right to initiate legislation ourselves. We need to ratify major legislative initiatives by national referenda. We need a Triple-E-Senate. Frankly, I have more faith in the common sense of the common people more than I do this Liberal government," concluded Breitkreuz.

On April 5, 1995, Preston Manning, Leader of the Reform Party made the following statement in the House of Commons: "The Reform Party would repeal any gun control provisions that are not cost-effective in reducing violent crime, improving public safety and saving lives."

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