Canada’s Harper defeated in move to end hunting rifle control


AFP
September 23, 2010

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minority government was narrowly defeated on Wednesday in its bid to end controls on hunting rifles and shotguns, in a major political upset.

Parliamentarians voted 153 to 151 to defeat a bill to repeal the long-gun registry act, after a divisive debate that could have lasting repercussions come the next elections.

Still, Harper vowed to continue the fight, which has pitted advocates of gun control against a long tradition of hunting and trapping in Canada.

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“The people of the regions of this country are never going to accept being treated like criminals and we will continue our efforts until this registry is finally abolished,” he said.

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