“We deal with women who have a variety of forms of violence committed against them, including gun violence”
The Schlifer Clinic filed an application before the Ontario Superior Court to have most of Bill C-19, which ends the long-gun registry, declared unconstitutional. Among the points made by the clinic were
- women’s rights to security and gender equality under the Charter would be violated by destroying the registry
- changes to gun-control law would increase the risk to women of physical violence, forcible confinement and homicide in situations of domestic violence
“We deal with women who have a variety of forms of violence committed against them, including gun violence, and it’s our observation that guns are a factor in their increased risk, in their intimidation against taking actions to protect themselves,” Executive Director, Amanda Dale, told the Toronto Star.
In its application, the Clinic is seeking an injunction to ensure that the long-gun registry continues to operate and no data is destroyed until the case is heard.
The cities of Toronto and Mississauga supported our legal challenge to protect the long-gun registry in Ontario.