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
WORDING OF MY ATIP REQUEST: For the period from 2008 to present please provide copies of reports containing information about:
(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.
Complaint to Information Commissioner dated June 21, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER SAYS LIBRARY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR RESOLVING DISCREPANCIES IN REPORTS ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING ON GUN CONTROL – Parliamentary Budget Officer’s response to MP Brad Trost’s request
MEMORANDUM FOR THE MINISTER: FIREARMS-RELATED VIOLENT CRIME IN CANADA, 2009-2017 – Public Safety Canada Access to Information File: A-2018-00244 – May 29, 2019 Response to my Informal Request – EXCERPTS:
- In 2017, there were approximately 7,700 victims of violent crime reported to police in Canada in 2017 (excluding Quebec where data were not available) where a firearm was present. MY NOTE: ‘present’ does not mean ‘used’.
- The number (and rate) of victims of firearm-related violent crime declined 33% between 2009 and 2013, reaching its lowest point in recent years. This downward trend stopped in 2013, and has since gone up by 42% by 2017.
- In spite of an increase in the overall volume of firearm-related violent crime, the 2017 rate of 27.3 victims per 100,000 Canadians was still 5% lower than in 2009..
- While the number and rate of break and enter incidents to steal firearms steadily increased since 2009, it declined slightly in 2017.
- Further, the number and rate of crimes for unsafe storage also declined in 2017, following several years of general decline.
- Break and enter and unsafe storage trends have both declined in 2017. These findings may contradict narratives which identify break and enter as a key method to illegally obtain firearms, both in private homes and in commercial establishments.
STATISTICS CANADA’S DEFINITION OF ‘FIREARMS RELATED CRIME’ IS VERY MISLEADING – Number Of Violent Crimes Involving Guns Exaggerated By An Over-Inclusive Definition Of Gun Crime – By Gary Mauser – Canada Free Press – February 23, 2015 http://canadafreepress.com/article/6996
THE KEY WEAKNESSES OF THIS SURVEY:
- Question wording is slanted to support government proposals,
- Definitions of “assault rifle” and “high-capacity magazine” are incorrect and misleading,
- Support for gun bans decreases with knowledge of current gun laws,
- Sample selection is not representative [it is a panel of volunteers, not a random sample], and
- Report inadequately points out the limitations of their findings.
BY GARY MAUSER, JUSTICE FOR GUN OWNERS – MAY 25, 2019 https://justiceforgunowners.ca/survey-exaggerates-support-for-gun-bans/
Two years later, Public Safety Canada still keeping important Committee deliberations and advice secret
- May 14, 2017 – ATIP Request Filed
- June 9, 2017 – 44-day extension imposed – response due Aug 8, 2017
- August 8, 2017 – Incomplete response received – 315 pages
- August 22, 2017 – Missing Records Complaint with Information Commissioner
- May 13, 2019 – Received second release of 117 pages dated May 6, 2019