A 72-year-old Fawcett man with 25 unregistered guns and a bumper sticker on his car boasting he transports unregistered firearms said compliance with gun registry in Alberta is low.
"It's virtually nil," said Jim Turnbull, president of the 5,000 member Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners Association.
"The Liberal government has absolutely no intention of making Canada a safer place. If they did, they certainly wouldn't use the Firearms Act to make it safer."
Turnbull, a retired auctioneer, was arrested during an anti-gun registry demonstration on Parliament Hill on Jan. 1, 2003, the deadline for registering all rifles and shotguns.
Turnbull said he would love for the gun registry law to be repealed, but admitted the fight has died down down and disgruntled gun owners continue to ignore the law.
Allan Kerr said he doesn't know how many gun owners have not registered their firearms, but his gun shop, MilArm, gets about half a dozen inquiries every day from people with unregistered guns.
"They just never got around to registering them, or someone died and they find these guns and what should they do?" he said.
Oscar Lacombe, 77, said while he supports the idea of gun control, he believes Canada's Bill 68 is "a terrible law."
"What they've done is accomplish nothing but make criminals out of honest farmers, ranchers and sportsmen," he said.
The former Alberta legislature sergeant-at-arms said few people seem to be registering their weapons, and he would prefer to see a system that more closely resembles the old handgun registry. Licensing is great for short arms, he said.
Lacombe, who does not possess any weapons, was handed a conditional sentence last year for taking an unregistered but dismantled, .22-calibre rifle to a Jan. 1, 2003, anti-gun registry protest at the Legislature.
He said he completed the required 75 hours of community service by painting picnic tables and doing gardening work in Mundare.
there may be hope!
canada isn't as bad as everyone thinks, just stay away from the socialist enclaves...
there are enough "good" canadians,especially in Alberta, take a look at these guys for instance.