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An internal R-C-M-P evaluation to be released today calls the federal gun registry a “useful tool” for police.

It says the registry prepares officers for urgent calls, helps them trace weapons and helps keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable.

The reviewers want the program to stay, noting most firearms in Canada are long guns — and most firearm deaths are caused by long guns.

The report makes 33 recommendations on everything from firearms training to working with aboriginal communities.

The evaluation comes just weeks before Parliament resumes debate of a Tory private member’s bill that would kill the long-gun registry.

The Conservatives say the registry is a wasteful imposition on farmers and hunters, while many opposition M-Ps argue it helps keep the streets safe.

Source: The Canadian Press

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