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.
This is a lengthy and detailed evaluation of the firearm policy statements made by each candidate in the Conservative Party’s leadership race.
KEY POINTS & DETAILED ANALYSIS – Published May 11, 2020 by Christopher di Armani
• Dr. Leslyn Lewis
• Derek Sloan
• Erin O’Toole
• Peter MacKay
On Saturday, May 2, 2020, Canada’s four largest pro-firearm advocacy groups joined together to call for the resignation of Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair. During a briefing on the Liberal gun ban, officials from Public Safety, CBSA, Global Affairs, RCMP and the Department of Justice could not provide a working definition of the firearms placed on the “banned” list and they all displayed a shocking ignorance of current laws. The full statements from all four groups are listed below:
CANADIAN SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION
CANADIAN SPORTING ARMS AND AMMUNITION ASSOCIATION
CANADIAN COALITION FOR FIREARM RIGHTS
NATIONAL FIREARMS ASSOCIATION
CALIBRE MAGAZINE: GROUND ZERO BY TONY BERNARDO
No police agency in the nation tracks violent offenders with Firearm Prohibition Orders registered against them.
Calibre Magazine – Volume 8/Issue 1 – February 2020
In a scrum, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair stated that the government will bring forward a list of guns to be banned using an Order in Council (OIC) “It will be clearly articulated in the order in council that we bring forward the principles that were applied in determining what weapons will be included.”
CTV News Videos | December 6, 2019
RCMP Access to Information Act File: A-2018-02026 dated January 2019
49-Page Response to Informal Request received by Dennis R. Young July 19, 2019
PUBLIC SAFETY INTERIM RESPONSE FIREARMS MARKING REGS
175-Page Interim Response to Access to Information Request File: A-2018-00327 dated July 8, 2019 – Received July 17, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
NOTE: 200 pages of ‘Cabinet Secrets’ withheld pursuant to Section 69 of the Access to Information Act