News release

Advisory Council Welcomes Court Decision

The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women is pleased with the Supreme Court of Canada ruling on gun control. The council chair, Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, called the court decision a good one for all Canadians.

"The statistics show at least one-third of domestic homicides involve firearms," she said. "Any registration and licensing is a good thing."

Ms. Doyle-Bedwell said the advisory council recognizes that some people are opposed to the gun registry. However, she pointed out that registration of firearms and licensing are the rule, not the exception, in most industrialized countries.

"Our council has supported gun control and taken a strong stand on this legislation since its introduction," she said. "We are pleased the controversy has been settled by the Supreme Court of Canada after justices carefully weighed the arguments of those for and against the law."

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The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women welcomes today's Supreme Court of Canada decision on gun control.

Chair Patti Doyle-Bedwell calls the decision a good one for all Canadians.

She says the council has supported the gun registry since the legislation was introduced.

Doyle-Bedwell says statistics show at least one-third of domestic homicides involve firearms.

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Contact:

Patricia Doyle-Bedwell
Advisory Council on the Status of Women 902-494-8810 E-mail:
Barbara Pike
Communications Nova Scotia 902-424-2077 E-mail:
kjd                      June 15, 2000     11:12 a.m.