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Tories extend amnesty for gun registry

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OTTAWA -- The Conservative government will once again extend amnesty for the federal long-gun registry, which the party has long denounced as "ineffective" and "wasteful."

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews will announce the one-year extension during an appearance at the Manitoba Wildlife Federation in Winnipeg, a senior government official said. The current amnesty, which has been renewed annually since 2006, expires May 16.

The amnesty program, which the Conservatives introduced after winning power in January 2006, allows gun owners to renew expired licences without incurring criminal liability for unauthorized possession of a firearm. All registry fees also are waived.

-- Canwest News Service

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 19, 2010 A8

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