Saturday, October 5, 2013
A decision was issued today by the Honourable Sean Harrington of the Federal Court in file T-1388-13: IN THE MATTER OF SHAWN BEVINS ET AL. v. REGISTRAR OF FIREARMS ET AL.
A decision was issued today by the Honourable Sean Harrington of the Federal Court in
IN THE MATTER OF SHAWN BEVINS ET AL. v. REGISTRAR OF FIREARMS
Summary: The Court has stayed the motion for an interlocutory injunction and all
proceedings herein pending the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on the Attorney
General of Quebec’s application for leave to appeal and to stay a decision by the Quebec
Court of Appeal, in the matter of Procureur general du Québec v. Procureur general du
Although Parliament abolished the long-gun registry last year with respect to nonprohibited
weapons and ordered the destruction of records that had been collected, those
records have not been destroyed vis-à-vis Quebec residents. Quebec has taken the
position that the destruction of those records would be unconstitutional.
The applicants, Canada’s National Firearms Association, its vice-president, and a Quebec
gun dealer, sought an interlocutory injunction to have these records destroyed, as the
Quebec Court of Appeal has held the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act to be valid.
The Federal Court refused to rule on the motion for an interlocutory injunction, but rather
stayed the motion as Quebec has an application for leave to appeal the decision of the
Quebec Court of Appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada.
A copy of the decision can be obtained via the Web site of the Federal Court