Mr. Speaker, yesterday I had the privilege of leading off debate on second reading of Bill C-68. I commend to the hon. member Hansard , particularly pages 9707 to 9710 on this subject where I develop the reasons why registration will enhance community safety.
Let me briefly mention three now. By the way, I met with firearms' owners and groups in New Brunswick. I am well aware of their concerns.
First, where someone has firearms which are in collections or are of value to the owner, if they are lost or stolen, registration will enable the police to return those firearms to the owners. That is very helpful.
Second, the police want to have registration so when they are responding to calls of domestic violence, for example, they know what firearms are there before they arrive.
Third, police say that when courts make orders prohibiting people from having firearms, they cannot enforce them unless they have registration to make sure they have collected all the firearms which the person in question might own.
I commend to the hon. member the views of the Catholic Women's League of Canada, which has an important provincial chapter in Oromocto, New Brunswick, which just wrote endorsing universal registration and the balance of our firearms package.