Regina Police Chief Evan Bray and Chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Special Purpose Committee (SPC) on Firearms: “This committee is working towards being able to produce a report outlining the national situation and trends of criminal gun sourcing, gun-related issues hampering police investigations, and offer potential options to be considered further by the Board of Directors. The focus of this work is not on law abiding firearms owners who have a lawful, legal purpose and right to their firearms.” Excerpt from an email received from the Regina City Police Access and Privacy Team dated September 16, 2019 in response to my Freedom of Information request dated August 10, 2019 – FOIP FILE #19-0119.
National and International Gun Control News for the week ending September 13, 2019
FOIP Request filed May 20, 2019 – Toronto Police Service Letter dated Sept. 04, 2019 – Received Sept. 13, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
EXCERPT: “If we do not hear from you by September 24, 2019, I will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing this request and close the file.” Mr. P. McGee, Coordinator, Access & Privacy Section, Toronto Police Service.
Letter from Ontario Solicitor General’s FOIP Office dated September 3, 2019 – Received by Dennis R. Young September 7, 2019
IN 2006, PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA ADMITTED 6,500 CFRO HITS PER DAY IS ‘MISLEADING’
Public Safety Canada website May 17, 2006: “Whenever police officers access the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) for any reason, such as for a simple address check, an automatic hit is generated with CFRO whether the information is desired or not.”
Inadequate Search Complaint to Information Commissioner – RCMP ATIP file: A-2019-05230 – by Dennis R. Young – September 7, 2019
ONTARIO SOLICITOR GENERAL DENIES ACCESS TO FIREARMS INTEREST POLICE (FIP) FILES IN MURDER-SUICIDE CASE
Complaint to Ontario Information Commissioner by Dennis R. Young – September 2, 2019
EXCERPT: The records I have requested from the Solicitor General and the Ontario Provincial Police will help the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee in the conduct of their review of the Mark Jones murder-suicide and answer questions as to why he was able to retain possession of his firearms after serious reports had been filed with police. It’s clear from information being made available to Parliament and the public that the RCMP and the Ontario Chief Firearms Office do not collect enough information on an ongoing basis nor have they done a sufficient evaluation of the effectiveness of the two ‘Red Flag’ systems aimed exclusively at licensed gun owners implemented by the Firearms Act passed by the Federal Parliament in 1995, namely; the Firearms Interest Police (FIP) Database and the Canadian Firearms Registry Online (CFRO).
This despite their admission that they can’t answer three very important questions about crime guns
Winnipeg Police Service Letter dated August 23, 2019 in response to my FOIP request dated August 13, 2019
RCMP ATIP Response fails to provide ‘evidence’ to support millions of CFRO queries:
STILL UNKNOWN: The number of CFRO queries that are automatically generated,
STILL UNKNOWN: The number of CFRO queries that are direct checks or requests by officers and,
STILL UNKNOWN: The number of CFRO queries that result in firearms charges being laid
FOIP Fee Waiver Request: SOLGEN-A-2019-02470 – O.P.P Crime Gun Statistics 2008-2018 by Dennis R. Young – Aug 24, 2019. EXCERPT: “The RCMP, Public Safety Canada and Statistics Canada does not collect the data on crime guns I requested so the public has no where else to turn except to local and provincial police services for this important statistical information. The federal government no longer charges search and processing fees but that hardly matters if they don’t collect the statistics the Ontario public needs regarding the sources of crime guns to make better decisions about how best to combat the criminal use of firearms and protect both public and police safety.”
On July 25, 2017 Global News reported: Police are struggling with gun crime on the Queen City’s streets, and some people might find that the source of the firearms is closer than expected. “They’re not being brought in by the United States, in fact most of them are not even being brought across a border to come here. They’re coming from break and enters,” Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said.
Regina Police Service Freedom of Information incomplete response received August 20, 2019 by Dennis R. Young