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The 1995 Firearms Act had three main public safety goals: to deter the misuse of firearms, to control access to them and to control specific weapons. The national firearm registry will make it easier to trace guns used in criminal activity and to return stolen guns to their owners. The licensing requirements, which include extensive background checks and a spouse's signature on the application, are designed to prevent those with a history of criminal behaviour, mental illness or spousal abuse from legally owning a gun. To prevent loss of life through accidental shootings, the law requires an applicant for a firearms license to take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass a test demonstrating a basic understanding of who to handle guns safely and the legal responsibilities of firearm ownership. It also requires that all firearms be stored unloaded and locked.
Gun Control Plan to Control Costs and Management
Skyrocketing costs of the gun control registry in Canada and scathing criticism of the program by the Auditor General of Canada in December 2002 led the Canadian federal Justice Department to hire management consultants to examine the efficiency and the financial systems and controls of the Canadian gun control program.
* streamlining headquarters
* consolidating the processing sites in Miramichi, New Brunswick and Montreal. Quebec by January 2004
* implementing a Continuous Improvement Plan
* establishing national work performance measurement and cost standards with provinces and other partners to ensure consistency and cost control
* restricting computer system changes
* moving the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team out of the Canada Firearms Centre to the National Police Services of the RCMP to consolidate law enforcement functions.
Improvement of Service to the Public
To make it less difficult to register firearms:
* online registration of firearms was reintroduced in February 2003
* a 1-800 number is being maintained for telephone information requests
* a goal of 30 days has been set for processing properly completed firearms registration applications.