Long guns and rifles are the kind of firearms used most often in domestic violence, according to a local shelter. The executive director of the YWCA in Yellowknife, Lyda Fuller, wants the government to keep the long-gun registry, despite the Conservative government's push to scrap the program, established in 1995.
She said it makes a difference when RCMP know exactly who has guns in the home.
"If there's a domestic at a certain residence and they have a better idea about what the potential is in that residence and you know the thing that the Harper folks aren't reporting is that the long-gun registry is supported by the RCMP,” she said.
She pointed out other areas of Canadian law that require people to get registered.
"I mean there's a fine if you don't register your vehicle too,” she said.
Last summer, a strong supporter of the long-gun registry, RCMP Chief Supt. Marty Cheliak, was removed from his position as head of the Canadian Firearms Program.
His removal came about a month before Parliament voted on whether to get rid of the registry – they ended up keeping it.
The Harper government said they'll get rid of it if they're elected to a majority.
Fuller said having the RCMP alerted to gun owners is the key to keeping women in the communities safer.