This was introduced by my colleague, Mr. Motz:
That Bill C-71, in Clause 7, be amended by replacing lines 5 to 8 on page 8 with the following:
(b) the business must record and keep the following information
Basically what we're trying to do here is replace the current language proposed by the government. The government has made the case many times that this is not a registry, that it is a database of transactions through their office of the registrar. Now we have a database being kept in a distributed format at places of business. Should that place of business fold or cease its operations and not pass on that information, then it is passed on to the government for keeping.
In an effort to be consistent with the government claims that there isn't actually a registry of firearms, whether it's transactional or otherwise, I would suggest that we adopt the amendment by my colleague from Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner so that we can have greater certainty that these records will not not cause any of the following three results: one, consternation for law-abiding firearms owners who do not wish to have the information about the firearms that they may or may not have in their possession getting into the wrong hands; two, as we've already seen with the previous registry that happened a long time ago through Bill C-68, the potential for escalating costs; and three, as has been suggested here through a number of questions I have asked, little or no increase in public safety.
I urge my colleagues here at the committee to adopt the motion.