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6 January 2003

Associated Press

OTTAWA — Ontario's public security minister said Friday the federal government should halt its gun control program due to spiraling costs. The federal firearms program is a billion-dollar black hole," Bob Runciman, the Ontario official, said in reference to an auditor general's report that revealed a huge cost overrun in the 1995 program that took full effect Jan. 1. Runciman said the estimated C$1 billion (US$650 million) cost of the program that registers... (

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