EDITORIAL – Canada’s new gun laws nothing more than fine tuning

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

CAN YOU HEAR it — the exasperation from gun owners at Tuesday’s unveiling of new federal firearms legislation?

The new rules will do nothing to increase public safety, while targeting law-abiding gun owners, says Canada’s National Firearms Association. It’s a first step to bringing back the long-gun registry, they say.

Add quite a few weak-kneed Liberal backbenchers scared out of their pants at the thought of losing the so-called “rural” gun vote, and the anti-gun types who say the bill doesn’t go far enough, and the gun-control debate is once again at full volume.

It’s all a lot of noise about a little tinkering.

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