Quebec government tables its own gun-registry legislation

The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - The Quebec government has tabled its own gun-registry legislation.

Today's move comes after Ottawa scrapped its long-gun registry last year.

If Quebec's bill becomes law, owners of non-restricted firearms will have to obtain a certificate for each one.

Quebec and Ottawa are fighting over the fate of the data that the province contributed to the federal registry.

Quebec Superior Court ordered last September that the data on Quebec guns be preserved and turned over to the province.

The federal government is appealing that ruling and a hearing is scheduled for March.

Information provided by the other parts of the country has been destroyed.

The federal registry, created in 1995 by the Liberal government, was controversial from the start due to conflicting claims about its effectiveness.