SELF-DEFENCE AND FIREARMS IN CANADA
We are not yet become a nation of cowards and the law does not require our submission to criminals. That is a decision which ought to be made by each individual in the circumstances at hand, being trusted and empowered by his government to act appropriately. By Rick Hemmingson, Lacombe, Alberta – Canada Free Press – January 8, 2020
EXCERPT: Recent news stories about the use of a firearm to stop the commission of various crimes and subsequent statements from the RCMP have (again) raised the issue of armed self-defence under Canadian law. Does that right still exist? If so, how and when can it be exercised?
RCMP FAIL TO COMPLY WITH TREASURY BOARD REGULATIONS WITH RESPECT TO EVALUATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S FIREARMS PROGRAMS AND POLICIES – RCMP did one evaluation when at least 11 were required in accordance with Treasury Board Regulations
RCMP Access to Information Act response File: A-2017-11130 received December 11, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
Employment Canada ATIP Response dated November 5, 2019 – Received November 12, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
• 8 Firearm Fatalities Reported (see list and spreadsheet for details)
• 198 Disabling Injuries by Firearm Reported (See spreadsheet for details)
– 51 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
– 40 by Canada Border Services Agency
– 45 by the Correctional Service of Canada
– 6 by National Defence
Port of Vancouver ATIP Response dated and received by Dennis R. Young November 5, 2019
‘NO RECORDS EXIST’ – Reference is being made to a number of anecdotal reports of: (1) Illegal shipments of firearms, ammunition and explosives found in ships or containers leaving Canada and/or destined for Canada, and (2) Firearms, ammunition and explosives reported stolen from ships or containers at the Port of Vancouver.
EXCERPT: In response to questions from the Globe, Chief Firearms Officer of Ontario Dwight Peer explained that police reporting policies around firearms-licence holders vary from force to force. But if a licence holder is reported to have sexually assaulted someone, he said that should, when coded correctly, trigger a notification to the CFO. The CFO can also receive calls from family, friends, neighbours or physicians who have concerns about a firearms-licence holder, he said. These concerns are then followed-up on a case-by-case basis. He declined to comment on whether they were notified in this case—or whether any review is being done.
640 Firearms Lost – 173 Firearms Stolen (see attached for breakdown by types of firearms)
It only took 27 months for the ‘Open and Transparent’ Government to respond
RCMP ATIP File: A-2017-03711 – Filed April 1, 2017 – Received July 3, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
204-Pages of Investigative Reports into 559 lost weapons and 14 stolen weapons
Response to Access to Information Act Request – Received June 27, 2019 by Dennis R. Young