Canada's Conservative government has introduced legislation to scrap a controversial law that requires the registration of rifles and shotguns.
Canada has long required registration of hand guns, but a law passed in 1995 faced bitter opposition from rural Canada, which considered it an over-reaction to the problem of urban crime.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said that they do not want laws targeting law-abiding citizens such as hunters.
Rural Canada represents the Conservative party's base.
Police and victim groups are voicing opposition.
The former Liberal government passed tougher gun control laws after Marc Lepine shot 14 students to death with a semi-automatic rifle at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique in 1989.