Although some NDP MPs have voiced opposition to the gun
registry it is our opinion that the NDP leader is no friend of
gun-owners. Leaders personal positions, more often than not, quickly
become party platform. Jack Layton, as leader of the NDP recently
reaffirmed his anti gun stance. The Globe & Mail reported on June 4th
- NDP Leader Jack Layton is pitching voters on a Canadian-led campaign
for tougher U.S. gun laws that includes bending the ears and twisting
arms of American congressmen.
- Overhauling the gun registry is not mentioned in the NDPs
63-page election platform. But Mr. Layton was very clear on his
intentions yesterday. Weve said it needs to be fixed,
Mr. Layton said.
- NDP officials later clarified Mr. Laytons remarks, saying the
party would try to fix the registry and replace it.
Note that the thrust is to fix the registry, not do away
Mr. Laytons anti gun history stretches back to, at least, 1991.
We believe that any gun-owner contemplating voting for the NDP should
read the following and draw their own conclusions. It is our opinion
that an NDP government or even a minority Liberal government supported
by the NDP would not be in our interests. Vote accordingly.
The following information was obtained from public records.
Jack Layton & Gun Control
At the May 27 and May 28, 1991 meetings of Toronto City Council, Jack
Layton voted to endorse the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big
City Mayors Caucus resolution on Gun Control (May 10, 1991), which
contained, among others, these demands for future gun legislation:
- Impose strict limits on the number of firearms and the quantity of
ammunition that an FAC holder is permitted to purchase or own.
- Semi-automatic and any military or para-military weapons
should be removed from the category of Restricted
firearms, and placed in the category of Prohibited firearms,
permitted only to peace officers and other authorized persons.
- The use of technologically-advanced detection devices and
specially-designated spot-check search and seizure procedures should be
implemented to enforce the banning of semi-automatics.
The FCM Gun Control resolution also contained these additional
explanatory comments, including:
- if an integral part of gun control is ending the proliferation of
firearms, the number of arms an individual is permitted to own must be
- People who own firearms should be subject to spot-checks to ensure
that their weapons are being properly stored and maintained.
- Firearms, like toxic materials or rabid animals, constitute a
potential threat to public health and safety if not properly handled or
Also discussed at that meeting of Council was a motion on gun control
put forward by Layton himself, which contained the following comments in
- Whereas there is little rationale, if any, for the possession of
guns in the homes and businesses of the City of Toronto, and any
rationale which can be offered falls far short of the dangers to the
public which flow from permitting storage of firearms in such
uncontrolled and easily accessible locations
- Whereas there is currently less control over the ownership and
storage of firearms than there is for the ownership and keeping of dogs
And sought to do the following through municipal by-laws:
- endorse the concept of the establishment of a Gun Control
Zone for the City of Toronto.
- Storage of firearms in private homes, businesses, vehicles, and
unlicensed armouries would be prohibited by law and subject to maximum
penalties allowed by law through the restrictions on the land use zones
in which storage would be permitted.
- The goal should also be to minimize the number of locations at
which guns can be stored, and thereby reduce the number of guns in the
- The legislation should require that firearms be stored in locked
armouries, or in rural or recreational areas, rather than anywhere in
the urban area.
- legislation to regulate the movement of firearms, such as a
license to move firearms from a place of purchase to a licensed
armoury; a license to move a firearm from a licensed armoury to a
location outside of Metropolitan Toronto and for its return; and a
license to move a firearm from a licensed armoury to a licensed gun
club and for its return.
- all firearms are to be transported unloaded, in standard, clearly
identified, locked containers, provided by a licensed armoury
- All ammunition to be transported in standard clearly identified,
locked containers, separate from a firearm container, provided by a
- severe sanctions be sought for the possession or storage of
firearms in contravention of these licensing requirements.
- City Council express its support for a firearm amnesty, and
request the Chief and the Board of Commissioners of Police, in
conjunction with Metropolitan Toronto Council, to declare an amnesty of
limited duration for the surrendering of firearms.
At the February 4-5, 1991 meeting of Council, Layton voted to adopt
and submit to the Special Committee on Bill C-80 (Firearms) a report by
Torontos City Solicitor that asked the federal government to amend
the Criminal Code:
- all those wishing to possess a firearm to first have training
in responsible firearm use and receive Firearms Training Certificates
prior to obtaining firearms and also requiring updated Firearms Training
Certificates every 3 years to keep firearms
- requiring registration of all firearms by those who possess and/or
- restricting the collection of firearms by both number and type
- restricting the place at which firearms may be held
And contained the following comments on its recommendations:
- Registration of all firearms should be mandatory in order to
ensure that law enforcement authorities have access to information
concerning the possession of deadly force in our society.
- Collections of firearms should be restricted by number and type.
The risk of theft and the need for safety outweigh any aesthetic rights
of collectors who hold arsenals in their homes.
- The recommendations suggested above, if enacted, would constitute
strict, yet reasonable, additions to the current legislation. They
maintain a reasonable balance between the desire on the part of
individual citizens to possess deadly force and the need for the public
at large for safe and legal use of guns.
Guns in the home and in the workplace are an accident waiting to
happen; they're just waiting to be stolen or used, (Toronto Star,
March 20, 1991)
We dont target practice in the home, so theres no
reason to keep them [guns] there (Globe & Mail, March 20, 1991)
I support the idea of gun registration
We register all kinds
of things. This need not be seen as the thin edge of the wedge to
anything. (Western Producer, January 9, 2003)
Most semi-automatic weapons were not, in fact, Restricted or