The Conservative government's bill to scrap the requirement to register long-guns comes with a surprising clause: it requires the Commissioner of Firearms destroy all records of registered long-guns.So here we have a guy, Glen McGregor, who views government records of private citizen's personal property as being so holy, so important, that he's going to post HIS OWN REGISTRY. To, you know, save it. Or something.
But, personally, I find the destruction of any kind of government data utterly abhorent and contrary to the concept of open government.
In response, I'm posting publicly a copy of the gun registry database I received via the Access to Information Act in 2007.
We used this data in an Ottawa Citizen series called "Rapid Fire" that explored issues involved in gun ownership in Canada.
Here's what he says about himself, right off the mast head of his web page:
Ottawa Citizen reporter covering government, politics and anything else that interests me. Specializing in data journalism and Twitter evangelism. This is just a place to dump Hill droppings and other found items that are too long for Twitter. Follow me there at @glen_mcgregor or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.