The National Rifle Association, a powerful lobbying group in the United States that advocates fewer gun controls, has been actively involved in trying to abolish Canada’s long-gun registry for more than a decade, CBC News has learned.
Documents and correspondence obtained by the CBC show the NRA has provided logistical and tactical support to organizations such as the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA), established in 1998 to lobby Ottawa to shut down the registry.
The NRA provides the Canadian gun lobby group with “tremendous amounts of logistical support,” and while the NRA’s constitution prevents them from providing money, “they freely give us anything else,” Tony Bernardo, an Ontario gun advocate and CILA’s executive director, said in Canadian Firearms Digest in July 2001.
In 2000, the NRA paid $100,000 for an infomercial about what it called “the Canadian situation” that aired on The National Network in the U.S., according to Bernardo, who appeared in the video.
It cautioned gun owners the registry was a government plot to find out how many guns there were in order to seize them and leave citizens helpless to defend themselves.
Bernardo, a frequent guest on NRA chat shows updating U.S. gun owners on the fight to kill the Canadian registry, said the NRA was instrumental in helping him set up his Canadian lobby group, CILA, the lobbying arm of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), and a mirror group of the Institute for Legislative Action, the NRA’s lobbying arm.
Michael Bryant, formerly Ontario’s attorney general, said the NRA has been agitating in Canadian political backrooms for years.
“I got elected in 1999 and I became aware soon after of the NRA’s involvement in the debate — not in a huge way, but in a significant way,” he said.
Canadians need to know the role the NRA has played in the gun registry debate, Bryant said.
The National Rifle Association, a powerful lobbying group in the United States that advocates…
by Tactical-Life.com / Sep 14, 2010