RCMP undated Access to Information Act response received March 12, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
JUNE 29, 2018 – WORDING OF MY ATIP REQUEST: “The Library of Parliament Research Branch examined two different reports published by Statistics Canada on violent crime in 1999. They determined that the “Presence of a Firearm in Violent Incidents” was 4.1%, but the “Use of a Firearm in Violent Incidents” was only 1.4% – almost three times lower than the figure reported by Statistics Canada and accepted and repeated by the media without any explanation or clarification. On July 21, 1997, the J.P.R. Murray, Commissioner of the RCMP wrote the Deputy Minister of Justice to complain about the department’s misrepresentation of RCMP statistics. The Commissioner set the record straight: “Furthermore, the RCMP investigated 88,162 actual violent crimes during 1993, where only 73 of these offences, or 0.08%, involved the use of firearms.” Copy of this letter attached for easy reference.
For each year from 2000 to 2017 and for each division within the RCMP please provide copies of records, documents, reports, spreadsheets, statistics, evaluations, studies or correspondence showing: (1) the total number of violent offences, and (2) the number of violent offences that involved the actual use of a firearm.”
MARCH 12, 2019 – RCMP RESPONSE: “Based on the information provided, a search for records was conducted in the Contract and Indigenous Policing (C&IP) directorate. Unfortunately, we were unable to locate records which respond to your request.”
Summary of Attached RCMP Access to Information Response dated February 27, 2019
- 106,342 FIREARMS OWNED BY 1,823 FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
- 296 FIREARMS LOST AND STOLEN
- LIST OF IMPORTANT STATISTICS NOT KEPT BY THE RCMP FIREARMS PROGRAM
RCMP RELEASE UPDATED AUTHORIZATION TO CARRY (ATC) STATISTICS BY PROVINCE – RCMP ATIP Response dated Feb 20, 2019 – Received March 6, 2019 by Dennis R. Young – Thanks to TheGunBlog.ca for the statistics and the photo.
- ATCs issued for Self Protection from Human Threats = Exempted (See note below)
- ATCs Issued for Employment = 6,688
- ATCs Issued for Wilderness Protection = 224
NOTE: The number of ATCs issued for Self-Protection from human threats withheld under section 17 of the Access to Information Act: “The head of a government institution may refuse to disclose any record requested under this Act that contains information the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to threaten the safety of individuals.” A complaint will be filed with the Information Commissioner challenging this exemption. QUESTION: How can releasing a number threaten anyone’s safety?
RCMP ATIP RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS ON ‘CRIME GUN’ STATISTICS: “Please note that items 1,2 and 5-12 produced no records, as the RCMP does not define ‘crime guns’, and therefore cannot provide statistics relating to ‘crime guns’.” RCMP Response dated Feb 25, 2019 Received March 6, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
CANADIAN FIREARMS PROGRAM: RCMP REPORT ON LICENSING AND REGISTRATION ERRORS FOR 2017 – Why weren’t these errors reported in the 2017 RCMP Commissioner of Firearms Report tabled in Parliament in December 2018? – Analysis and Commentary by Dennis R. Young March 3, 2019
EXCERPT: “Under the authority of section 98 of the Firearms Act, there are 78 Firearms Officers designated by the Chief Firearms Officer of Ontario. Details related to the breakdown can be found in the attached table.” Ontario CFO FOIP Response dated Feb 21, 2019 – Received Feb 25, 2019 by Dennis R. Young
NEWS RELEASE OTTAWA – Canadian Shooting Sports Association President, Steve Torino, and Executive Director, Tony Bernardo, testified before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence in a marathon session last evening that brought organizations and individuals on both sides of the gun debate together in the new Senate of Canada Building to examine Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms. Messrs. Torino and Bernardo outlined several significant problems with Bill C-71 including the change to lifetime background checks; changes to the licence verification process; requirements for businesses to keep detailed recordings of all firearm transactions; changes to the electronic conditions of Authorizations to Transport (ATTs); and the removal of the Governor-in-Council to declare a firearm to be non-restricted. [Click on link above to read the rest]
SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE: PRESENTATION ON LACK OF EVIDENCE SUPPORTING BILL C-71 By Dennis R. Young – February 18, 2019 NOTE: Excerpts from this document were used for my seven-minute presentation to the Senate Committee.
EXCERPT: Albert Einstein is credited with saying: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results”. There’s no proof that Einstein really made this statement just as there is no proof – no ‘evidence’ – that any of the reams of gun control laws passed by successive governments over the last four decades has reduced the number of homicides, reduced the number of suicides, reduced violent crime, improved public or police safety or kept firearms out of the hands of criminals. https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-shouldn-t-police-know-where-these-bad-guys-with-guns-live/u/24207572