National and International Gun Control News for the week ending November 20, 2021

An Open Letter to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino

NOVEMBER 15, 2021

Dear Minister Mendicino:

Congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Public Safety. As a family man with a lovely wife and two daughters, you understand the value of keeping your loved ones safe from criminal violence.

Your background as a federal prosecutor with ten years experience bringing drug dealers, gang members and terrorism suspects to justice will – we trust – inform your decisions on how best to handle dangerous offenders and the illegal weapons they smuggle into our country.

We also are confident you will address an area of law abandoned by your predecessor – our broken Firearm Prohibition Order system.

Statistics Canada data shows the number of offenders who are arrested and charged for violating existing Firearm Prohibition Orders continues to rise every year.

Since 2015, the number of offenders charged with violating these court orders has almost doubled – from 943 in 2015 to 1,759 in 2020, the latest year for which statistics are available.


Family of 70-year-old man shot by Toronto police near Port Dover: ‘We want answers’

November 18, 2021

Family and friends of 70-year-old Rodger Kotanko described him as a “calm and gentle” man who was a “well-respected” gunsmith.

That’s why his death earlier this month left many of them shocked and confused.

Kotanko was shot by Toronto police on Nov. 3 near his home in the area of Highway 6 and Highway 24. At the time of the shooting, police said they were executing a search warrant.


CBSA arrests woman in one of the largest firearm seizures in Southern Ontario Region

November 19, 2021

The Canada Border Services Agency announced one of the largest single firearm seizures in the Southern Ontario Region in recent history, with the seizure of 56 prohibited firearms and the arrest of a Florida woman.

The 48-year-old woman of Oakland Park, Fla. was arrested and charged by the CBSA with Unauthorized possession of a firearm, Possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, Importing or exporting knowing it is unauthorized and six other gun smuggling-related offences.


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