Ignatieff's proposal to make first-time persons charged with possession of an unregistered firearm simply a summary non-criminal offence is not new. When Bill C-68 was brought forward by Allan Rock in 1995 the Canadian Police Association refused to support the bill without such a provision. Thus, Section 112 was entered into the Firearms Act, making it a "summary offence" to possess an unregistered firearm.
"People in the territory pretty well know how hard I've been fighting this over the years. I'm just going to continue to tell people in Ottawa, as I have for eight years, that a lot of people in the North, a lot of aboriginal people, don't see any sense in the long-gun registry."