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Conservatives cut short House of Commons long-gun registry debate

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Feb. 1, 2012.

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The Conservative government is curtailing the House of Commons debate on ending the long-gun registry.

They've used their majority to push through a time allocation motion to limit further debate to one day at report stage and two days at third reading.

The motion passed 150-132.

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The bill eliminates the requirement for gun owners to register their long guns and other weapons that are not restricted or prohibited, and provides for the destruction of records currently held in the Canadian Firearms Registry.

The legislation was introduced in October and was given second reading in November after another time-allocation motion.

The government says abolition of the registry has been debated for years and it's time to get on with it.

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