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Alberta leads gun registry opposition

Alberta leads the way in the number of people saying good riddance to the gun registry, according to a new poll.

Alberta leads the way in the number of people saying good riddance to the gun registry, according to a new poll.

And Quebecers are alone in wanting to save the long-gun registry, the poll suggests, while 64 per cent of Albertans said it’s a good idea to get rid of it.

Majorities in Atlantic Canada (50 per cent), British Columbia (51 per cent) and Manitoba-Saskatchewan (61 per cent) also said it’s a good idea to get rid of the registry.

The survey by The Canadian Press Harris-Decima was conducted Nov. 5-8, after the House of Commons gave approval in principle to a private member’s bill aimed at killing the controversial registry.

The bill was sponsored by a Conservative MP with the wholehearted endorsement of the Harper minority government, 12 New Democrats, eight Liberals and one Independent.

In Quebec, a majority of respondents — 56 per cent — said they’re opposed to abolishing the registry. And 50 per cent said they believed the registry has helped reduce gun crime.

Almost 61 per cent of Canadians outside Quebec said they believed the gun registry had made no difference in reducing crime.

The phone survey of just over 1,000 people is considered accurate within a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times in 20.

 
 
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