Bill C-19

Ending the Long-gun Registry Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act

This bill was tabled by Vic Toews on Oct. 26, 2011.

more...

How does a bill become a law?

Don’t trust Schoolhouse Rock – that’s for Americans. To become a law, a bill in the Canada’s Parliament needs to go through the following steps, and pass when voted on during each step:

  • It all starts with the first reading, when the bill is introduced.
  • Next comes the second reading, when other MPs or Senators get to debate the bill.
  • After that, the bill goes to a committee that studies and amends it line-by-line. Once they finish, the bill goes returns to the House or Senate for the report stage, where anyone can propose amendments.
  • The third reading is the moment of truth: no more changes, just a debate and a final vote on whether or not the bill should pass.
  • If a bill makes it through all of those steps – in both the House of Commons and Senate – it’s ready to get Royal Assent and become a law.

Status of this Bill

Royal Assent

Activity Feed

  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Points of Order > Standing Committee on Finance

    Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to the hon. House Leader of the Official Oppositionfor raising this point of order yesterday, objecting to the unusual procedures that were accepted within the Standing Committee on Finance, in relation to the clause-by-clause treatment of Bill C-60, the 2013 omnibus budget bill. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Sullivan
    Mike Sullivan spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Timmins—James Bay. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Brent Rathgeber

    I'm not sure if my friend is proposing an amendment to Ms. Hoeppner's motion, but if she is, I'm going to vote against it. We're not here to redebate Bill C-19. We're here to assess the regulations. ... more

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Vic Toews
    Vic Toews spoke

    On this, we've basically discussed what the process would be. How do we give effect to Bill C-19? This isn't a substantive change in any way. This is simply giving effect to or reinforcing the policy decision that we extensively consulted on.

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Vic Toews
    Vic Toews spoke

    Oh. I thought it was Bill C-19.

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Vic Toews
    Vic Toews spoke

    Well, absolutely. That's the only reason I'm here today given the very blatant refusal by the CFO in Ontario to respect the impact of Bill C-19. I guess there are a number of ways of handling it. You could take a court action to clarify that. You can pass a regulation to clarify it. We've chosen the regulatory measure.

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jay Aspin
    Jay Aspin spoke

    I would just like to say that, on the record, Thomas Mulcair came out and said that he would bring the registry back, so I don't know what we're hearing right now. ... more

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin

    I find that last comment interesting, because now I feel like you're shifting your interest in the sense that all through Bill C-19 it was about the hunters, the good law-abiding hunters, about the sportsmen, about the collectors. Now I feel that where you're going is that you're now the protector of the gun shops, which, we can agree, is a totally different situation, because if the onus to keep the ledger.... It's not an infraction on the person who buys; it's an infraction on the gun-shop owner, who is not asking or keeping. ... more

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Candice Bergen

    I have a very quick follow-up. Were some CFOs in other jurisdictions complying with the spirit and letter of C-19? How has it been across the country?

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Vic Toews
    Vic Toews spoke

    So in that sense, a chief firearms officer can't say he's going to recreate the registry when, in fact, the actual act C-19 repeals that particular provision.

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Vic Toews
    Vic Toews spoke

    Yes, I believe that C-19 does that as well. It limits what a reasonable condition can be, because the general condition that you're pointing out there cannot override a specific prohibition or a specific—

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Vic Toews
    Vic Toews spoke

    The regulation wipes out the registry for non-restricted firearms. That's correct. It wipes it out completely. It should have happened under C-19. However, we know that businesses still keep these records. When you go to a store and buy a computer, the store will keep a record of your sale—most stores will do that—for warranty purposes usually. As I say, you can access that kind of information with a warrant.

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ryan Leef
    Ryan Leef spoke

    You touched on it right there toward the end, Minister. ... more

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ryan Leef
    Ryan Leef spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. Minister, thank you very much for attending committee today. I would like to say congratulations for your steps here in closing off what I think has been viewed by Canadians, particularly the northern Canadians I represent, and has been aptly described as a backdoor loophole to maintain a registry. ... more

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Vic Toews
    Vic Toews spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair, and I'm very pleased to appear before you and committee members to discuss new proposed regulations pursuant to the Firearms Act. ... more

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Mr. Solomon Friedman (Lawyer, As an Individual) spoke

    Thank you. ... more

    June 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Vic Toews
    Vic Toews spoke

    Well, we've made it very clear that Bill C-19 abolishes the long-gun registry and that Bill C-19 takes away any power to create an alternative registry even at the provincial level. ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Candice Bergen

    Thank you very much. ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Candice Bergen
    Candice Bergen spoke about Oral Questions > Firearms Registration

    Mr. Speaker, the member opposite is completely incorrect. ... more

    May 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act

    Madam Speaker, before beginning my speech on Bill C-26, I would like to mention that this is my first debate as the official opposition's new justice critic. I would therefore like to thank the leader of our party, the hon. member for Outremont, for the confidence he has placed in me. ... more

    April 24, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bruce Stanton
    Bruce Stanton spoke about Royal Assent

    Order, please. I have the honour to inform the House that a communication has been received as follows: ... more

    April 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Candice Bergen
    Candice Bergen spoke about Oral Questions > Firearms Registry

    Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to report that our government has ended the long gun registry once and for all. This afternoon the royal assent of Bill C-19 will be proclaimed. ... more

    April 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Candice Bergen
    Candice Bergen spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > Firearms Registry

    Madam Speaker, I disagree with my hon. colleague on a number of fronts. First, I would disagree that I am about to get up and crow. I think there is only one crow who is crowing, and it was not me at all, nor will it be me. ... more

    April 4, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jack Harris
    Jack Harris spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > Firearms Registry

    Madam Speaker, I rise to further query the Minister of Public Safety on the question raised on January 31 of this year concerning the firearms registry. The question was about the government's misleading Canadians about what the gun registry did and what the government was going to do. It was also about the suppression of reports, government reports from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, one going back to February 2010, which was hidden from the public, and the other being the Commissioner of Firearms 2010 report, which was also withheld. ... more

    April 4, 2012,   Parliament
  • Load more