CBC News has learned that an RCMP report evaluating Canada’s long-gun registry has concluded the program is cost effective, efficient and an important tool for law enforcement. The findings of the report have been in the hands of the government since February, but have not yet been released. The report found that the Canadian Firearms Program is operating efficiently at a cost of $1.1 million to $3.6 million per year, and contains over 40 pages of analysis of the effectiveness of the firearms registry in both urban and rural areas. The Conservatives have denounced the long-gun registry, which was introduced by the Liberal government in 1995, and a private member’s bill being considered this fall would scrap it entirely. The RCMP has not given a firm date for the report’s release.