PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA INTERIM ATIP RESPONSE ON OPTIONS FOR BANNING GUNS
Public Safety Canada Access to Information Act: Requested November 10, 2018 – Interim response received May 15, 2020
WORDING OF REQUEST: This is further to your request under the Access to Information Act for: (As clarified on August 11, 2019) – “For the period from October 2015 to present please provide copies of all studies, papers, proposals, impact assessments, cost-benefit analyses, recommendations, polls, focus groups, Briefing Notes to the Minister and Advice to the Minister examining the efficacy, arguments for and against and advantages and disadvantages of gun control measures considered by the government including the following: 1. Banning handguns 2. Banning semi-automatic firearms 3. Banning all firearms 4. Central Storage/Repositories for firearms in urban centres.”
INTERIM #1 RESPONSE 409 PAGES: https://dennisryoung.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Public-Safety-Interim-1-Release-package-A-2018-00301.pdf
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.
GUNTER: NEW FACTS PROVE THE UTTER USELESSNESS OF TRUDEAU’S GUN BAN
(Legal gun owners have to register their addresses with the RCMP, while people banned from owning guns because of previous convictions for violent crimes, do not.) Measures to target criminals using guns, while more likely to be effective, would be hard. And dangerous. Much easier to seize the private property (guns) of hundreds of thousands of Canadians who are not involved in crime. Think about it. Everything a criminal does to become a criminal involves disregarding the law. Meanwhile, everything a law-abiding gun owner does to acquire firearms demonstrates a respect for the law – including completing the lengthy and arduous application process and buying an expensive gun safe. Yet whenever there is a high-profile shooting, who become the first targets when the Liberals want to demonstrate the are getting tough on crime? By Lorne Gunter, TORONTO SUN – May 12, 2020
EXCERPT: It is standard in Canada if you have been convicted of a violent crime, are a registered sex offender, have ever been designated a dangerous offender, are on probation or parole, are subject to a restraining order or peace bond, have been ordered deported or barred from hunting, you lose your ability to buy or possess guns. That makes sense. But as Young points out, the federal government and the RCMP make no effort to keep track of people who have been banned. One of the hoops for legit owners is they report to police any change of address within 30 days or face up to two years in prison. By Lorne Gunter, Toronto Sun – April 18, 2020 https://dennisryoung.ca/2020/04/19/yet-another-problem-emerges-in-the-liberal-firearms-plan/
TONY BERNARDO COMMENT: “Thank you Mr. Gunter. Another missive of resounding common sense. When a government – under the guise of crime control – places lawful citizens under this type of intrusive scrutiny while giving a free ride to proven criminals, any sensible person must question the true motives of government.” 26 Thumbs Up on April 19th
CSSA POSITION STATEMENT ON FIREARM PROHIBITION ORDERS
People, not objects, commit crime. While many groups campaign against legal guns and legal gun ownership, we know firearms are harmless unless a person with evil intent picks it up and uses it to commit an evil act. That’s why we’re pushing the government to strictly monitor over 443,000 people courts deem too dangerous to possess guns, not the 2.2 million people who the RCMP investigated and deemed trustworthy of firearm ownership. CSSA SPECIAL REPORT – DECEMBER 4, 2019
RCMP/CPIC STATISTICS: PERSONS PROHIBITED FROM OWNING FIREARMS 1978-2018
Summary of Statistics from Firearms Commissioner’s Reports by Dennis R. Young April 15, 2020
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
ANALYSIS OF TORONTO POLICE SERVICE ‘CRIME GUN’ STATISTICS FOR 2018
REVEALED: Licensed gun owners are not a major source of crime guns in Toronto.
Analysis by Dennis R. Young – March 24, 2020
NOTE: I want to thank Gary Mauser, Professor Emeritus for his review and suggestions. Any errors are mine.
TPS FOIP APS File: 19-2480, MA19-00655 – 7-Page response dated March 10, 2020 Received March 20, 2020 by Dennis R. Young
1. The most current definition of a ‘crime gun’;
2. Total number of firearms seized for (a) Crimes and (b) Non-Crimes;
3. Total number of firearms surrendered to police (i.e. during a buy-back or amnesty, turned in voluntarily for destruction, issued with ‘quit claim’ receipts, etc);
4. Total number of crime guns seized that were: (a) ‘used in a criminal offence’; (b) ‘suspected of being used in a criminal offence’; (c) ‘obtained, possessed, or intended to be used to facilitate criminal activity’; (d) ‘serial number removed, altered or obliterated’; (e) ‘adapted for use as a firearm’;
5. Total number of firearms that were recorded as ‘found’;
6. Total number of firearms destroyed;
7. Total number of firearms reported stolen from (a) individuals and (b) businesses;
8. Total number of ‘crime guns’ seized that were reported as stolen from (a) licensed gun owners or (b) licensed businesses;
9. Total number of ‘crime guns’ seized from licensed gun owners or licensed businesses (a) for a violent crime, (b) for an administrative or paper firearms crime (i.e. expired license, current address not reported, Authorization to Transport violation, error on registration certificate, firearm not at correct address);
10. Total number of ‘crime guns’ seized that you attempted to trace;
11. Total number of ‘crime guns’ seized that were successfully traced;
12. Total number of ‘crime guns’ seized that were successfully traced to the U.S.A;
13. Total number of ‘crime guns’ seized that were successfully traced to Canada;
14. Total number of ‘crime guns’ seized that were traced to a licensed gun owner;
15. Total number licensed gun owners charged with providing a ‘crime gun’ to a criminal;
16. Total number of ‘crime guns seized that were (a) restricted, (b) prohibited, or (c) non-restricted;
17. Total number of ‘crime guns’ seized that were registered (a) restricted, (b) prohibited (c) non-restricted and
18. Total number of ‘crime guns’ seized by type of firearm (i.e. rifle, shotgun, handgun, toy gun, replica, sawed-off gun, sub-machine gun, machine gun, etc).
AUGUST 24, 2018 – TORONTO POLICE RELEASE CRIME GUN STATS FOR 2007 to 2017
Toronto Police Service FOIP response dated August 24, 2018 – Posted by Dennis R. Young
PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA HAS NO RECORDS TO SUPPORT MINISTER BLAIR’S STATEMENT ON GUN BUY-BACK PLAN
Department unable to provide the places the Minister visited and the number of gun owners he talked to.
Public Safety Canada’s response to Access to Information Act request File: A-2019-00322 dated March 2, 2020 – By Dennis R. Young – March 4, 2020
Here are the key stakeholders that Minister Blair did NOT talk to about his Buy-Back plan.
• Sheldon Clare, NFA President
• Blair Hagen, NFA Executive VP Communication
• Tony Bernardo, Executive Director, CSSA
• Nicolas Johnson, The Gun Blog
• Guy Morin, President of Everyone Against a Quebec Gun Registry
• Gary Mauser, Professor Emeritus, SFU
• Alison de Groot, Managing Director, Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA)
BLAIR TELLS IPOLITICS CONFISCATION NEEDS NEW LAW, TWO YEARS AWAY – TheGunBlog.ca — 10 Dec 2019
EXCERPT: Immediate vs. Delayed Confiscation: The minister told iPolitics he heard from some gun owners that they preferred immediate confiscation with a payoff, rather than confiscation after death sometimes called “grandfathering.” TheGunBlog.ca couldn’t find any mention of that preference in a comprehensive report on Blair’s confiscation consultations last year.