Freedom of Information response dated July 24, 2020 – Thanks to Mr. Lewis and THEGUNBLOG.CA for sharing this information with the firearms community.
- The number of incidents from January 1, 2010 to May 12, 2020 where restricted handguns have been collected and entered into the Halton Regional Police Service Records Management system. RESPONSE = 643
- The number of such incidents where it was established that the firearm was legally held; and the number of such incidents where it was established the firearm was illegally held. RESPONSE: Following consultation with the Police Analytics department it has been determined that data requested is not tracked and therefore no records exist.
What is the point of a police-governed registry if they themselves are not going to keep track of it?
Of course they won’t release the data, it would make them look bad showing that almost zero percent of the legal gun owners used their legal firearms in committing crimes in Canada. As it seems, our police uses communist tactics to distort the truth.
Note it is actually a bit worse than that… per the info on the first page, the figures supplied on the next page are for ALL firearms they do not break out handguns as a category. Also, they are unable to determine if a firearm is Restricted or not (!).
Further to your point. I was the victim of a determined break in where scumbag thieves were able to break into my safe and steal 3 handguns. Over next year they were all recovered. I’m sure they wound up on some misleading stats.
Stunning how, only after the gun ban O.I.C., is this data now not known. Previously info was released within days if the firearms are legally held, what they are and even whether they are legal in Canada. Incompetence or hiding the data? I say the former.