Firearm-marking implementation delayed again

Ottawa is again delaying implementation of firearm-marking regulations intended to help police trace guns used in crimes.

The Trudeau government says the delay is needed to come up with a system for implementing the regulations, which were first drafted in 2004.

They say details about the deferral will be made available later this month.

The regulations would require domestically made firearms to bear the name of the manufacturer, serial number, and ``Canada'' or ``CA.''

Imported firearms would have to carry the ``Canada'' or ``CA'' designation along with the last two digits of the year of import.

According to an internal government memo, most firearms advocates and businesses strongly oppose the regulations due to the perception they would saddle manufacturers and importers with additional costs while providing little public safety benefit.

The previous Conservative government also delayed the regulations several times.