On March 6, 2021, I filed an Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) request with Public Safety Canada to see if they would release any information to back up Minister Bill Blair’s statements in the House of Commons.
From my request:
Reference is made to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair’s statements in the House on February 26, 2021, where he stated, “We also heard from the chief in Regina, who very clearly said that the guns in his community are not coming across the border but are legally owned, obtained through theft or straw purchase. The chief in Edmonton also opined that only 5% to 10% of the crime guns in his community, in the city of Edmonton, are actually smuggled across the border and the rest come from legal gun owners through theft and straw purchasing.”
For the period of January 1, 2020 to present, please provide copies (drafts and final versions) of all documents, records, reports, presentations, memos, briefing notes, Question Period Notes, advice, statistics, analyses, opinions, petitions, e-mails, correspondence and research relating to ‘straw purchasing’ of firearms by holders of a valid Possession and Acquisition License.
Given ‘straw purchasing’ is one of the cornerstones of Liberal firearm policy, one might expect this request would result in the release of a great deal of information.
One would be wrong.
The entire release package, including its 3-page cover letter, was only 21 pages – most of which was a working copy of a briefing document for the Minister.
- Notably, the answer to the question 5, “What do those who choose to be grandfathered participate in the limited possession regime need to do?” is almost entirely redacted.
- While question 9 lists two paragraphs, they do not answer the actual question, “Since the buyback program is not yet in force, will the Government extend the amnesty for firearms owners?”
Another 25 pages were withheld as Cabinet Secrets pursuant to Section 69(1)(a) of the Access to Information Act.
Evidence-based policy indeed…
Parliamentary Budget Officer Releases Cost Estimates of Liberal Firearm Confiscation Compensation Scheme
In response to a request by Member of Parliament Glen Motz (Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner), the Parliamentary Budget Officer estimated the costs of the Liberal government’s Firearm Confiscation Compensation Scheme for the firearms they banned on May 1, 2020, by Order in Council. Note the estimate does NOT include administrative costs.
“Depending on the number of affected firearms in Canada, the take-up rate, and the pricing structure used, the estimated total compensation under the buy-back program could amount to $756 million, in addition to administration costs.”
Imagine the benefits to public safety if our government put those kinds of resources behind tracking those with Firearm Prohibition Orders against them, like the two violent young criminals who shot up a children’s birthday party in Toronto last week?
Instead this Liberal government will pay RCMP-vetted, federally-licensed firearm owners to give up their legally acquired property.
There is no explanation of how this will keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals, of course, because none of these measures are aimed at the criminal element of our society.
One researcher asked where to find the numbers of licensed firearm owners.
The best source for these numbers that I’m aware of is the annual Commissioner of Firearms Report published by the RCMP.
Annual Reports for 2015-2019 from the RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms are available in HTML format on the RCMP’s website: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms/firearms-reports
PDF versions of the RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report for 2006 thru 2019 are available here: http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.506252/publication.html
PDF versions of the Commissioner of Firearms Report for 2003 thru 2005 available here: http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.507769/publication.html
You may also download any or all of these annual reports in PDF format using the direct links below:
- 2003 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2004 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2005 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2006 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2007 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2008 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2009 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2010 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2011 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2012 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2013 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2014 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2015 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2016 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2017 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2018 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2019 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2020 – coming soon
Brian Sauvé, President of the National Police Federation, was interviewed by Todd MacKay of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation about the Gun Confiscation Compensation proposed by the Liberal Government.
“We’re not saying that we support firearm ownership. What we’re saying is we support fair, transparent, evidence-driven decisions by government that are going to really address a problem in society.”
“And that’s the root behind this position paper. It’s really to shine a spotlight on gun violence in Canada and where do those guns come from?
“And should we be devoting our tax dollars through the government to perhaps stem the tide of where those guns are coming from, perhaps increase enforcement, before we go down the regulation process to impact everyday Canadians that have gone through all the regulatory steps to own and possess firearms?”
[Download NPF Position Paper] [View PDF below video]
View National Police Federation Position Paper: Gun Violence and Public Safety in Canada
FEDERAL COURT AFFIDAVIT OF MURRAY SMITH, RCMP FIREARMS FORENSIC SCIENTIST (RETIRED) MANAGER, SPECIALIZED FIREARMS SUPPORT SERVICES (“SFSS”) WITHIN THE CANADIAN FIREARMS PROGRAM (“CFP”) BETWEEN APPLICANTS CHRISTINE GENEROUX, JOHN PEROCCHIO, AND VINCENT R. R. PEROCCHIO AND ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA COURT FILE NO. T-735-20 – OCTOBER 9, 2020
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: FINAL ATTACK AGAINST LIBERAL FIREARM BAN EMPLOYS TOUGH TALK IN COURT DOC – But Generoux’s application, supported by her two co-applicants, is no-holds-barred. They argue the government has over-exaggerated the risk to public safety from licensed firearm owners, noting the extremely low crime rate in the licensed and highly regulated firearm community. The application points out death and injury in other sports. “If the deaths surrounding firearms are such a public safety risk, why are the deaths surrounding swimming pools, motorcycles or other forms of sport and leisure items not considered a public safety risk?” their notice of application asks. By Tim Naumetz. iPolitics – Published on Aug 7, 2020 – https://ipolitics.ca/2020/08/07/final-attack-against-liberal-firearm-ban-employs-tough-talk-in-court-doc/
Canada Border Services Agency ATIP response received by William Gilliland dated August 12, 2020
- Annual number for firearms smuggling broken down by province/territories
- Method/mode of smuggling (vehicle, water, air, person, etc)
- Number of people charged/convicted or smuggling (with citizenship information if possible)
- Firearms smuggled broken down by type and country of origin
• “The Governor in Council is not of the opinion that any thing prescribed to be a prohibited firearm or a prohibited device, in the Annexed Regulations, is reasonable for use in Canada for hunting or sporting purposes…” – SOR/2020-96: The Liberal government’s Order in Council immediately Prohibiting 1,500 makes and models of guns owned by federally-licenced RCMP-vetted firearm owners because they are “not suitable for hunting.”
• “There will be an exception for indigenous peoples exercising a section 35 hunting right.” – Justice Minister David Lametti, May 1, 2020 Press Conference
Published May 21, 2020 by Christopher di Armani – “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell, Animal Farm
THE FRASER INSTITUTE BLOG: FEDERAL FIREARMS BAN MISSES MARK—BADLY
Police report that between 70 and 90 per cent of guns used in violent crimes in Canada are smuggled, mainly from the U.S. Gang violence is a growing threat to public safety. According to StatsCan, one quarter (24 per cent) of all homicides were gang-related in 2018, up from 16 per cent in 2015, and licensed firearms owners are much less likely to commit murder than other Canadians. The evidence strongly suggests this gun ban won’t make us safer. If the prime minister wants to stop gun violence, he should encourage the provinces and municipalities to hire more police officers or improve screening at the border to prevent gun smuggling. But this ban targets the law-abiding, not the criminal. Author: Gary Mauser, THE FRASER FORUM – May 14, 2020 CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE FOR THE FULL TEXT.