Recently a Provincial Government (Quebec) enacted a Law that required that all long in that province to be registered. There were a few other requirements like registration should the firearms be moved from the registered address for a certain number of days. Well Januraury 29th has past and as of the 30th only about 35% of the firearms were registered (side note - of the 35%, twenty five percent were preregistered by commercial sellers).
for those that don’t speak French
OPINION | Today is a special day. Unheard of in my 70 years of existence: the people refuse to respect a law passed in the National Assembly, that is on the gun registry.
The media are trying to reduce its importance
The government and the media are trying to reduce its importance by referring to the 1,600,000 long guns in the old register, but the reality is infinitely more serious. That number is actually only three-quarters of what was estimated at the time, which already gives us 2,000,000 long guns in Quebec in 2012, when the federal registry was eliminated. Add to that the weapons acquired in Quebec since 2012 by individuals, those purchased in the other provinces as well as those of the merchants and we arrive, at a minimum, at about 2,500,000 long guns in our province.
Loss of confidence in the government
A few hours before the end of the deadline, today, January 29, only about 375,000 firearms were registered, which is, in fact, about 7%. Whatever happens, the message is powerful and the consequences can be severe not for offenders, but for state institutions, police and justice. In fact, the message that emerges from all this is the following: 1- Loss of confidence in the government; 2- Loss of confidence in the police; 3- Break more and more marked between the people of the regions and the people of Montreal; 4. The people have come to understand that they have a very powerful power against a government that they consider unfair to them; 5- Beginning of a revolt against the State in the next circumstances where the people will feel aggrieved by the State;
The legitimacy of governing
In such circumstances, the government is faced with a painful choice, since it has clearly lost the legitimacy to govern: either it resigns and calls for new elections, or it opens the machine at full speed to impose a moratorium on the current law to see how it could bring the parties together.
Of these three possibilities, I have no answer. It’s up to him to decide.
And a follow up the next day
Firearms Registry: The Legitimacy of the Government?
by Russel-Aurore BouchardJanuary 30, 2019
OPINION | We deserve respect and it is by standing up and resisting the oppression of a government completely disconnected from the reality of the regions that we will succeed.
In reality, it’s less than 20%. There are more than 2 million long guns in Quebec. And other municipalities in the regions are preparing to follow suit. Let’s be proud of what we are doing. We were trampled enough! The humiliation is over.
Listening to people and regions
They wanted to listen and hear only those who wanted this register. If they had listened to the people and the regions, they would never have voted such a law. On January 29, gun owners do not have a problem. It’s the government!
The legitimacy of the government
A law that is not respected is infinitely worse for a government than no law at all. Because there is the legitimacy of the government in place that is questioned.
The bond of trust is broken
.Mr. Legault, enjoy your four years in power. We will remember it in four years, we promise you!
1,300,000 hunters and gun owners, do not forget. By then, the bond of trust with the people of the resource regions is broken.