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Canada

24 November 2016

Highbury Clock (UK)

According to a report issued Wednesday by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan reported the highest homicide rate in the country in 2015, with 3.79 per 100,000 people. Saskatoon came in second with a rate of 3.22. Quebec is among the provinces with the lowest provincial homicide rate - 0.93 per 100,000 people - while Saskatchewan has the highest rate: 3.79 per 100,000 people. Despite this increase over 2014, the homicide rate in Canada in 2015 remains below the average... (GunPolicy.org)

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40237

Canada

20 November 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Weakened gun laws and how they're enforced have led to a spike in the number of restricted firearms in the hands of Canadians — and ultimately in hands of criminals, a leading gun-control advocate says. Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control, said relaxed licensing processes and legislative changes under the past Conservative government "eroded strict controls" that limited access to certain firearms. The number of restricted firearms — a... (GunPolicy.org)

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40211

Canada

19 November 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Danny Santapaga, a self-employed financial adviser, bought 14 guns on 10 different occasions over seven months. Plumber Graham Jovanovic purchased nine firearms over five weeks. University student Justin Green obtained 23 handguns during a 22-month period, including 15 from one store. Security guard Andrew Winchester acquired 47 handguns in a six-month buying binge. These Toronto men have no apparent connection to one another. But they share a common thread. Each... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

40207

Canada

10 November 2016

Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

More than 1,000 guns are off the streets after a province-wide gun amnesty allowed people to turn in their firearms, no questions asked. The province, the RCMP and municipal departments are to announce the results of the October gun amnesty at a press conference today in Surrey. Central Saanich Police Chief Les Sylven, president of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police, said Wednesday that more than 1,000 firearms had been turned in. Nanaimo RCMP recovered 44... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

40150

Canada

21 October 2016

Metro News (Canada)

Two weeks in and police departments throughout British Columbia have already collected hundreds of firearms during October's gun amnesty month. The gun amnesty drive allows people to contact local police and dispose of any unwanted registered or unregistered weapons without the fear of prosecution, as long as they have not been used in a criminal offence. During the first two weeks of the initiative, BC RCMP said more than 480 firearms and replicas have been turned... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Metro News (Canada)

40043

Canada

17 October 2016

Journal de Montreal, Agence QMI

[Translated summary: Over 325 shootings have been reported in 2016 in Toronto, an increase of 52% in relation to 2015. According to the police, there have been 54 homicides and 30 people killed by guns. In 2015 there were 18 gun victims and a total of 39 homicides.] TORONTO -- La mort d'un adolescent de 17 ans, abattu de sang froid dans une pizzeria dimanche, a rappelé que la violence par arme à feu a grandement augmenté depuis le début de l'année à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal de Montreal, Agence QMI

40013

Canada

16 October 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: According to police sources, there are 435 gang members in Ottawa and they are responsible for 25 of the 54 shootings that happened so far this year. Police say most of them use hunting rifles or poor quality guns that can be used only once. Some revolvers and automatic weapons are imported from the US and resold on the streets.] Certains sont de petits voleurs à peine sortis de l'adolescence. D'autres, des criminels de carrière, qui dirigent des... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ici Radio Canada

40012

Canada

4 October 2016

ICI Radio Canada

[Translated summary: Halifax regional municipality states that its gun amnesty program has been a success. In two weeks police collected 152 firearms, 123 of which were long guns, 18 handguns and 11 pellet guns. Owners who gave up their arms received 50 bus tickets.] La Municipalité régionale d'Halifax affirme que son plus récent programme d'amnistie pour les armes à feu illégales a été couronné de succès. En deux semaines, du 12 au 23 septembre, la police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ICI Radio Canada

39976

Canada

3 October 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Halifax is declaring its latest gun amnesty campaign a success after the two-week program saw 152 guns turned over to police for safe disposal. Through the Fares for Firearm program, people were given 50 bus tickets — a $100 value — in exchange for their unwanted guns. "I believe that with these weapons off the streets, it certainly increases the safety at large for the Halifax Regional Municipality," said Ted Upshaw, a public safety advisor with the city. Out... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39955

Canada

30 September 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

MONTREAL — A young Montreal man suspected of having gone to Syria and adhering to "extremist Islamist" ideologies was able to keep his firearms licence for years and to legally purchase semi-automatic rifles while he was the subject of a terrorism investigation by the RCMP, a La Presse investigation has found. The case of Samy Nefkha Bahri raises numerous questions about the control of firearms in Canada and the communication between police forces. The police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

39941

Canada

29 September 2016

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: A young man from Montreal who was suspected of having gone to Syria and adhering to 'extremist Islamist' ideologies was able to keep his firearm licence for several years. He also legally bought semi-automatic rifles while he was being investigated by the RCMP (federal police).] Un jeune Montréalais soupçonné d'être allé en Syrie et d'adhérer à des idéologies « extrémistes islamistes » a réussi à conserver son permis d'armes à feu... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse (Montréal)

39944

Canada

27 September 2016

CBC News (Canada)

With three months left in 2016, the number of shootings in Ottawa has already reached 49, matching the record-breaking tally set in 2014. The record was matched early Monday morning, according to police. Twenty-five of the 49 shootings have involved victims who were struck by bullets, and charges have been laid in 11 of the 49 cases, according to guns and gangs unit Staff Sgt. Ian McDonell. Meanwhile there have been 13 homicides so far in 2016, two of which occurred... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39925

Canada

26 September 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: Ottawa police confirm that the shooting of last Monday was the 49th in the year. The city now registers the same number of shootings as in 2014, a record year.] Le Service de police d'Ottawa (SPO) confirme qu'une 49e fusillade a eu lieu sur son territoire tôt lundi matin. La capitale nationale enregistre maintenant le même nombre d'incidents impliquant une arme à feu qu'en 2014, laquelle était une année record. Vers 1 h 20 lundi matin, les... (GunPolicy.org)

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39920

Canada

26 September 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

WASHINGTON — James Cook, father of two young girls, has insurance for a house fire, insurance for a car accident, insurance for a health problem. For the last two years, he has also had insurance for shooting someone. Cook, a 32-year-old defence lawyer in Colorado, has no plans to shoot anyone. But he is armed with a concealed handgun everywhere he goes except court, and he wants to be prepared for the minuscule possibility he will have to fire it in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

39910

Canada

22 September 2016

CTV News (Toronto)

Families across B.C. with unwanted guns and other weapons in their homes are being given a chance to give them up, no questions asked, for the month of October. Police announced the amnesty program on Thursday, promising immunity for anyone who wants to turn in their documented or undocumented firearms. "We recognize that some law-abiding British Columbians may find themselves in possession of firearms and other weapons that they're not legally entitled to," said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

39907

Canada

19 September 2016

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

ABBOTSFORD — Police in Abbotsford, B.C., say a man has been arrested after being found in an airport washroom with a loaded rifle. Const. Ian MacDonald with the Abbotsford Police Department says the man had an interaction with staff at a car rental kiosk that caused airport staff to call police on Sunday afternoon. He says the man had a rifle bag over his shoulder during the interaction. Police responded and found a 28-year-old man with a loaded SKS rifle and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

39872

Canada

13 September 2016

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: Reporters asked Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale if he is going to act to ban certain firearms, especially one Beretta rifle that resembles the CX4 Storm but is slightly modified to fit the non-restricted category, making it available to anyone with a regular licence. Goodale stated that he will present in the next few weeks new propositions to reinforce gun laws.] Alors que la journée de mardi marque les 10 ans depuis la fusillade au... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse (Montréal)

39866

Canada

13 September 2016

National Post (Toronto)

OTTAWA — The drafting of tougher gun laws has begun, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday on the day marking the 10th anniversary of the rampage at Montreal's Dawson College by a man firing a semi-automatic assault carbine still sold legally today. Pressed by reporters as he headed into a cabinet meeting, Goodale deflected questions about the continued sale in Canada of the Beretta Cx4 Storm semi-automatic carbine, the restricted weapon used by Kimveer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Post (Toronto)

39865

Canada

11 September 2016

Le Rempart (Canada)

[Translated summary: Between 2011 and 2015, the number of arms seized in the border posts of Southern Ontario has gone from 128 to 241. After an increase in Americans trying to enter Canada with their guns, the Border Services Agency launched a campaign to remind them of the rules: to avoid seizure, owners have to declare their guns before entering, leave them at the US border and retrieve them when they go back.] La Région du sud de l'Ontario, telle que définie par... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Rempart (Canada)

39852

Canada

9 September 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Former public safety minister Steven Blaney issued a secret directive in the dying days of the Conservative government that opened the door for firearms to be classified according to a gun manufacturer's suggestion, CBC News has learned. Responding to complaints from firearms advocates and the industry, Blaney's directive gave the RCMP 180 days to evaluate a gun, decide its classification and issue the Firearms Reference Table (FRT) number needed to import that model... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39805

Canada

7 September 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: From September 12 to 23, citizens of Halifax, Canada, will be able to exchange a firearm for 50 bus tickets. City councillor Ted Upshaw has made the proposition in reaction to a series of shootings that affected the city in spring. There have been 5 gun homicides so far this year. The last amnesty in 2009 retrieved 1,074 firearms.] La Ville d'Halifax approuve son programme d'amnistie pour les armes à feu illégales. Du 12 au 23 septembre, il sera... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ici Radio Canada

39854

Canada

4 September 2016

CBC News (Canada)

If you had a gun, would you trade it in for 50 bus tickets? That's part of a proposed amnesty program Halifax regional council will consider Tuesday. The proposal comes following gun violence in the Halifax area this past spring. There have been nine homicides in HRM in 2016 so far — at least five of those killings involved guns. How it would work The report said the program would run for two weeks — between Sept. 12 and Sept. 23 — and it would give people the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39787

Canada

3 September 2016

Guns (USA)

Canadian police are integrating the controversial AR-15 into the hands of patrol officers as firearm related crimes more than triple in some provinces. According to several Canadian news outlets, the cities of Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto steadily added the carbine to their arsenal for use in high risk vehicle stops and home entries this year. "We're seeing stuff we haven't seen before," Sgt. Derek Lamer told the Regina Leader-Post. "We've gone to gun calls and (the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39788

Canada

2 September 2016

Radio Canada International

[Translated summary: The number of restricted firearms in Canada, such as semiautomatic rifles and handguns, increased 9.5% last year. In 2015, there were 795,854 registered restricted firearms, while in 2004 there were 384,888. Experts claim that fear of terrorism and the American gun culture are elements that contribute to the increase in ownership in the country.] El número de armas restringidas en Canadá "se disparó" en un 9.5% el año pasado, llevando el... (GunPolicy.org)

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39859

Canada

2 September 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: The increase in the amount of restricted firearms (handguns and semi-automatic rifles) last year in Canada is particularly pronounced in Newfoundland and Labrador. According to the expert A. J. Somerset, Canadian owners are purchasing more of these firearms in fear of terrorism.] La hausse du nombre d'armes à feu à autorisation restreinte en Atlantique est particulièrement prononcée à Terre-Neuve-Labrador, selon les données 2015 du... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ici Radio Canada

39858

Canada

2 September 2016

Huffington Post (Canada)

The number of restricted guns in Canada shot up 9.5 per cent last year, bringing the number of restricted firearms registered across the country to its highest point in more than a decade. Since 2004, the number of restricted firearms such as semi-automatic rifles and handguns in Canada has doubled. According to the latest report of Canada's Commissioner of Firearms, there were 795,854 restricted firearms registered to Canadian owners in 2015 compared with 384,888 in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (Canada)

39795

Canada,United States

1 September 2016

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: Canada Border Services Agency has seized 11 American undeclared weapons, one of them an assault rifle, in only one day and at one inspection post. Three travellers had to appear in court in relation to these seizures. Last year, the Agency seized 297 undeclared guns, most of them coming from or going to Alaska.] L'Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) a saisi en moins de 24 heures, à un seul poste-frontière albertain, onze armes à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse (Montréal)

39778

Canada,United States

22 August 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Dear Americans; You're more than welcome to visit Canada, but for goodness sake, leave your guns at home. That's the message from the Canada Border Services Agency on Monday as it launched a firearms awareness campaign, reminding U.S. travellers coming to Canada that their northern neighbour's firearms laws are strict. Canadian laws are different than U.S. ones, the agency reiterated in a news release. The CBSA says most firearms seized at land border crossings are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39719

Canada

18 August 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: The Trudeau government has officially said no to a petition signed by 25,249 Canadians and sponsored by a conservative party member. The petition demanded the declassification of the AR-15 assault rifle rifle as a restricted weapon in order to be able to use it legally for hunting.] Le gouvernement Trudeau a officiellement dit non aux signataires d'une pétition qui réclamait la déclassification d'un fusil d'assaut semblable à celui qui a été... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ici Radio Canada

39711

Canada

14 August 2016

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

Gun Facts by the Numbers 2,026,011 – firearms licences in Canada, 2015 795,854 – registered [and] restricted firearms in Canada 182,493 – registered prohibited firearms, which can be "grandfathered" Source: RCMP Canadian Firearms Program [RCMP = Royal Canadian Mounted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

39687

Canada

7 August 2016

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: Between 2008 and March 2016, agents of the Canadian Mounted Police have lost 48 firearms. Another 12 were stolen from them. Types include rifles, shotguns, pistols and one machine gun. Police must store their arms safely; they can face criminal charges if they are responsible for the loss or theft.] Une adolescente de Winnipeg atteinte par balle a frôlé la mort l'an dernier. Le pistolet de son assaillant s'est révélé être une arme de service... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse (Montréal)

39661

Canada

20 July 2016

VOA Afrique

[Translated summary: According to Canada Statistics, the rate of violent crimes has increased 6% in 2015 with more homicides, murder attempts and offences with firearms, specially in the western provinces. Murder attempts with firearms have increased 22%.] Le taux de criminalité au Canada s'est aggravé l'an dernier, après une atténuation pendant une décennie, sous l'effet notamment d'une recrudescence de l'usage d'armes à feu, a indiqué mercredi l'institut de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39596

Canada

6 July 2016

CNews (Canada)

Less than 20% of Canadians say they own a gun, according to a new poll. A Forum Research poll of 1,429 Canadians provided exclusively to the Toronto Sun found Ontario sits near the bottom of the pack of provinces when it comes to firearms ownership. Overall, just 17% of those surveyed said they owned a gun of any kind. Less than one in 10 say they own a handgun. In Ontario, just 15% said they owned a firearm of any kind and only British Columbia had a lower level of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39549

Canada

28 June 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Weapons like the AR-15 are more difficult to obtain in Canada than in the U.S., according to P.E.I.'s director of public safety. "I think the gun culture in Canada is much different than the gun culture in the U.S. from what we see in media and what's reported," said Aaron Campbell. "The interest in the safety of the public is something that is well-considered under the federal Firearms Act to ensure that communities are safe." There are 1,297 restricted firearm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39537

Canada

16 June 2016

CTV News (Toronto)

For one month this fall, British Columbians are being given a chance to turn in old guns – including restricted and prohibited firearms – to ensure they never make it into the hands of criminals. The province-wide amnesty program was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Public Safety, which said people will be welcome to unload any unwanted guns, other weapons and ammunition for the entire month of October. "Stemming the flow of illegal weapons to gangs and the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

39446

Canada

16 June 2016

Washington Post

OTTAWA – The timing for Canadian gun enthusiasts couldn't have been much worse. Just a few weeks ago, they presented an online petition to Canada's Parliament urging the government to loosen its severe restrictions on the AR-15 rifle. More than 25,000 Canadians signed the petition from a group calling itself the Lawful Firearm Owners of Canada urging the government to take the AR-15 off the list of officially "restricted" firearms and allow it to be used for hunting.... (GunPolicy.org)

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39443

Canada

9 June 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated Summary: Starting in 2018, Quebec will have its own firearm registry. The new law states that all firearms on Quebec territory must be registered with a unique number and recorded in a file. The measure has not been well received by everyone, specially in the rural regions where there are many hunters.] Le projet de loi 64 sur l'immatriculation des armes à feu a été adopté jeudi, en fin de journée, à l'Assemblée nationale du Québec. Il vise à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ici Radio Canada

39412

Canada

8 June 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Toronto is on track to record its worst year for gun deaths in more than a decade. Not since 2005, dubbed "The Year of the Gun," have more Toronto residents died by a bullet at such a pace. This year's first homicide came on Jan. 4, when 17-year-old Joseph Petit was shot dead minutes after beginning a conversation with two men who showed up at his home in the Victoria and Danforth Aves. area. His mother, Ana Pavao, found her son lying on the street near their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

39393

Canada,United States

7 June 2016

Global News (Canada)

The number of guns seized at the Canada-U.S. border have increased steadily over the last four years, statistics provided by the Canada Border Services Agency show. The count of total firearms seized and the number of total seizures (which can involve multiple firearms) all rose between 2011 and 2016. Total seizures were up 42 per cent over the four-year period, and seizures of individual guns up 18 per cent. Over the same period, Toronto has seen an alarming rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

39382

United States,Canada

3 June 2016

Juneau Empire, Associated Press

KETCHIKAN — Canadian officials are asking Alaska residents to leave their guns stateside before traveling. The Canadian Border Service Agency seized about 300 undeclared firearms from travelers in 2015, with more than half coming from travelers crossing into Canada from Alaska, The Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1ZfUsOT). "Many of these travelers faced criminal charges and/or a monetary penalty that could have been avoided by simply declaring the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39369

Canada

18 May 2016

Huffington Post (Canada)

[Translated summary: In 2014, the RCMP banned certain types of semi-automatic guns, judging them easy to transform into automatic rifles. Now Ottawa has invalidated this measure, using a new law that allows the government to go beyond police decisions.] Quelques jours avant de déclencher les élections, le gouvernement Harper a infirmé la décision de la GRC de prohiber certains types d'armes semi-automatiques, comme la carabine CZ-858 utilisée par Richard Henry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (Canada)

39295

Canada

17 May 2016

Market Wired

OTTAWA -- For the first time in Canadian history, licensed firearm owners are taking their message directly to the Canadian public. The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR), a non-profit, member funded organization has sponsored a national public awareness campaign to provide accurate information regarding Canada's gun control system. "The campaign is designed simply to teach Canadians about the laws and regulations we currently have in Canada and the impact... (GunPolicy.org)

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39278

Canada

11 May 2016

Info Dimanche

[Translated summary: A firearm registry bill received a majority of votes in the National Assembly of Quebec. Statistics show that firearm registration reduces the number of suicides, injuries, deaths and crime. Hunters will have to register their guns again.] Le mardi 10 mai dernier, la mise en place d'un registre d'immatriculation des armes à feu a franchi une étape importante à l'Assemblée nationale du Québec lorsque 103 députés ont voté en faveur du... (GunPolicy.org)

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39259

Canada

4 May 2016

Vancouver Sun

Surrey RCMP is safeguarding 500 firearms and 3,000 rounds of ammunition after visiting licensed owners whose registrations for their prohibited and restricted guns expired more than a decade ago. Most of the people visited last month asked police to hold on to the guns "while they complete the proper requirements needed to re-register their firearms," Sgt. Alanna Dunlop said Wednesday. Those owners will have 90 days to get the paperwork started or they'll lose the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun

39227

Canada

27 April 2016

Le Reflet (Canada)

[Translated summary: Between 2010 and 2015, Roussillon police seized 700 firearms. Most of them were seized as a preventive action, in cases where the owner might be a danger to themselves or to others. In Québec, there are 1,654,239 non-restricted firearms and 420,737 license holders.] Entre 2010 et 2015, la Régie intermunicipale de police Roussillon a saisi 700 armes, révèlent des données obtenues par Le Reflet en vertu de la Loi d'accès à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Reflet (Canada)

39247

Canada

27 April 2016

Canadian Press, CBC News (Canada)

A new survey conducted for a gun-control advocacy group suggests that two-thirds of Quebecers are in favour of the registration of long guns. Leger's poll for PolySeSouvient comes as provincial lawmakers study Bill 64, which, if passed, would create Canada's only provincial long-gun registry. The survey, a copy of which was provided to The Canadian Press, found that 69 per cent of those polled were in favour of a registry, versus 26 per cent who were opposed. Five per... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canadian Press, CBC News (Canada)

39175

Canada

25 April 2016

Open Canada, Opinion

Canada's leadership in banning landmines greatly impacted the international community. As a young adult, Amani Saini witnessed the effect first hand. Now, she asks: can we regain our role in the fight against illicit arms? One August, more than 10 years ago, back when I was in secondary school, I sat on a stage in an auditorium in Kyoto, Japan, as a representative of Canada, at the closing ceremony of the international Ban Landmines! conference. After delivering his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Open Canada

39164

Canada

25 April 2016

Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia), Editorial

Halifax has a serious violence problem related to guns, young guys and the drug culture. More serious than in most other Canadian cities. More like many American inner cities, with their cult of guns and their culture of gang-fodder violence. Young men settling scores, chasing status and killing each other with guns. That message was delivered two years ago in a review by criminologist Don Clairmont of his 2008 report into Halifax violence and public safety. Looking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia)

39162

Canada

16 April 2016

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Canada has a gun problem. These five words are sure to inflame passions and set off intense disagreement among some Canadians. This is because the words challenge many Canadians' view of themselves and what they believe to be their level-headed approach to firearm ownership. After all, when it comes to guns, Canada is a haven of calm, social liberalism, isn't it? One that stands in stark contrast to the violent world of the neighbouring United States. It's a view... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

39089

Canada

11 April 2016

News 1130 (Vancouver)

SURREY – More than 100 weapons have been turned in to police as part of a secret amnesty program by the RCMP. The program has been operating quietly for weeks. There have been more than 30 reports of shots fired in Surrey so far this year. In a move to tackle this situation Mounties have been offering amnesty to various people allowing them to turn over their illegal weapons without any criminal penalty. "We're actually recruiting those that we know we should be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News 1130 (Vancouver)

39061

Canada

7 April 2016

CTV News (Vancouver)

Surrey parents who discover their children are keeping a gun in the house should be able to turn the weapon over to police worry-free, according to the city's former mayor. Dianne Watts, now a Conservative MP, is calling for a temporary amnesty program that would encourage parents to help get firearms off the streets. The details haven't been worked out, but Watts said parents who hand over guns could be assured their children won't be charged for having them. She... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Vancouver)

39046

Canada

5 April 2016

Institute National de Santé Publique Québec (Canada)

[Translated summary: In Québec, suicide is the leading gun-related cause of death. Between 2009 and 2013, an average of 127 people died annually as a result of gun suicide - most of them men in their own homes. Bill No. 64 aims to make the registration of firearms mandatory again.] Les enjeux liés à l'accès aux armes à feu vont bien au-delà de leur utilisation dans le cadre d'activités criminelles. L'accessibilité aux armes à feu constitue un facteur de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute National de Santé Publique Québec (Canada)

39078

Canada

18 March 2016

Le Devoir (Quebec)

[Translated summary: Three suicides are committed every day in Québec (Canada). The mere presence of a firearm in a house multiplies by five the risk of suicide risks and nearly a third of persons using a firearm to commit suicide are not firearm owners, according to the president of the Quebec Suicide Prevention Association.] Trois suicides sont commis chaque jour au Québec, alors qu'il s'agit d'une cause de décès évitable. L'une des mesures les plus efficaces... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Devoir (Quebec)

38970

Canada

29 February 2016

Droit Inc, La Presse Canadienne

[Translated summary: A petition asks the Québec government not to re-create its own firearm registry, after the destruction of the Federal Long Gun Registry.] Après avoir tenu plusieurs manifestations à travers le Québec ces dernières semaines, le mouvement "Tous contre un registre québécois des armes à feu" s'apprête à remettre une pétition de plusieurs dizaines de milliers de signatures au premier ministre Philippe Couillard. La pétition, qui peut être... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Droit Inc, La Presse Canadienne

38958

United States,Canada

11 February 2016

iPolitics (Canada)

The number of restricted firearms across Canada rose more than 82 per cent while Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in power, with the sharpest increase after the Conservatives formed a majority government. The increase is found in calculations made by iPolitics from statistics found in several reports of the federal Commissioner of Firearms, which released its 2014 report last month. One of the biggest increases was in Alberta, where the number of restricted guns rose... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: iPolitics (Canada)

38908

United States,Canada

2 February 2016

Upfront Ottawa, Opinion

The Arms Trade Treaty was approved by the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013 United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs – Strengthening Peace and Security through Disarmament Trudeau-Dion Foreign Policy is more than formally agreeing to the UN Arms Treaty or seeking seats on the UN Security Council. It requires principled action on the "World Stage." The United Nations, according to its mandate, is working "worldwide" to try and improve the lives and livelihoods... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Upfront Ottawa

39039

Canada

26 January 2016

ICI Radio Canada

[Translated summary: After 2010, the number of restricted gun owners in Canada jumped 75%. Restricted guns are any handguns that are not banned and any firearms that can fire in semi-automatic mode. Currently, restricted gun owners can use them only in authorised shooting clubs.] Les Canadiens sont de plus en plus amateurs d'armes à feu à autorisation restreinte, qui comprennent notamment les armes de poing. Au Canada, depuis 2010, le nombre de détenteurs de permis... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ICI Radio Canada

39314

Canada

23 January 2016

Guardian

Four people have been killed and at least two others injured in shootings at a school and a property in northern Canada that prime minister Justin Trudeau described as "every parent's worst nightmare". The gunman is suspected of first shooting his two brothers at home before opening fire at the remote community high school in La Loche, Saskatchewan, a family friend and the town's acting mayor said on Friday. The school was sealed off and one male was later taken into... (GunPolicy.org)

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38990

Canada

23 January 2016

BBC News

Police say a male suspect is now in custody and children have been moved to safety after the shootings at La Loche Community School and another location. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said earlier that five people had been killed, but this was later corrected. The school shooting was "every parent's worst nightmare", Mr Trudeau said. "The community is reeling." Mr Trudeau, who was speaking in Davos, Switzerland, also praised "the first responders who acted quickly and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38989

Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Australia,United States

4 December 2015

New York Times

In the continuing debate over how to stop mass killings in the United States, Australia has become a familiar touchstone. President Obama has cited the country's gun laws as a model for the United States, calling Australia a nation "like ours." On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has said the Australian approach is "worth considering." The National Rifle Association has dismissed the policies, contending that they "robbed Australians of their right to self-defense... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38872

United Kingdom,Canada,United States,Australia

20 October 2015

Sydney Morning Herald

Asked about Hillary Clinton's suggestion that the United States consider Australian-style gun laws, one of the country's leading gun industry champions laughed. "You've got to ask yourself how much the NRA paid the Clinton Foundation to get her to say that," Richard Feldman​, a former National Rifle Association lobbyist said. "Forget gold, that comment is worth its weight in platinum." Australia has been raised again in the US debate over guns in the wake of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

38852

Switzerland,Germany,Finland,Norway,Israel,United States,South Africa,China,Russia,United Kingdom,Australia,Mexico,Canada,Argentina

3 October 2015

Wall Street Journal

The latest U.S. shooting that ended in the deaths of 10 people at an Oregon college last week is reigniting calls for tighter gun laws and prompting comparisons to gun violence in other countries. President Barack Obama asked why Americans can't follow the example of the U.K. and Australia. They crafted laws that "almost eliminate mass shootings," he said. "We know there are ways to prevent it." Adam Lankford, an associate professor at the University of Alabama... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

39221

Canada

27 March 2015

TVA Nouvelles (Montréal)

[Translated summary: The Supreme Court of Canada has concluded that the Federal Government has the right to destroy data in the long gun registry.] Le gouvernement fédéral a le droit de détruire les données du registre des armes d'épaule, a conclu la Cour suprême du Canada dans une décision très serrée à 5 juges contre 4. Les trois magistrats québécois ont cependant exprimé leur dissidence devant la décision de la majorité. Le plus haut tribunal du... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TVA Nouvelles (Montréal)

38843

Canada

27 March 2015

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: 7,9 millions registered firearms in Canada before the destruction of the Long Gun Register] OTTAWA - Le dernier round du combat entre Québec et Ottawa sur le registre des armes d'épaule doit se terminer aujourd'hui avec la décision de la Cour suprême du Canada qui tranchera si le gouvernement Harper est habilité à détruire les données québécoises du registre malgré l'opposition de la province. Sept questions pour mieux comprendre le... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse (Montréal)

38842

Canada

22 June 2014

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The men hugging each other in a Windsor bar looked like old friends catching up, but the police trailing them knew better. Investigators say they were at Rack n' Roll Club on Forest Glade Drive for a gun sale, one of many that supplied Toronto gangsters with firepower as they peddled drugs, settled scores and waged a bloody power struggle. The salesman was Windsor's Lamar Porter, who already had more than 20 criminal convictions. The buyers were Siyadin Abdi, also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

38776

Canada

20 June 2014

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The gun smugglers called him "fool" – one of many Windsorites they used to unwittingly mule firearms over the border. Buried in volumes of recently released Toronto police documents is the frightening revelation that Windsor gun runners hide firearms and GPS devices in the cars of unsuspecting Canadians to sneak them through customs. For Windsor's Lamar Porter, who police say was the main source of guns for Toronto's murderous Dixon City Bloods, it appeared to be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

38775

Canada

3 June 2014

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

Bruce Montague was a northern Ontario firearms dealer so opposed to Canada's licensing laws that he stopped registering his guns in protest and dared the government to come after him. Be careful what you wish for. Ten years later, the 54-year-old's act of what he saw as "civil disobedience" has resulted in an 18-month jail sentence, a lifetime ban from operating his trade and now he's just been ordered to hand over his $100,000 gun collection — his life savings —... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

38732

Canada

7 May 2014

Toronto Star (Ontario)

There are no safeguards in Canadian firearms legislation to prevent people from purchasing a large number of handguns and then illegally transferring them to potential criminals. It's an area of the law that gun control advocates say needs to be strengthened, and was recently highlighted after a Toronto man was sent to prison for legally purchasing 47 handguns from two stores over five months and then illegally transferring 43 of them to an acquaintance, who acted as a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

38644

Norway,Canada,United States,Italy,Kazakhstan,Thailand,Germany,Russia,United Kingdom

28 April 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – The Kalashnikov Concern produced 230 percent more small arms weapons in the first quarter of this year than in the year-ago period, the company's press service told RIA Novosti Monday. "In the first three months of the year we had a record-high volume production of small arms in the amount of 31,000 items, which makes 41 percent of the total output of similar products for 2013," the company said. "The current results are 230 percent higher than those in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38614

Canada

23 April 2014

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

New data from Statistics Canada show the rate of firearms-related crime in Canada and the number of victims are declining. Incidents involving firearms accounted for 2 per cent of all victims of police-reported violent crime in 2012, Statscan reported. Police reported approximately 5,600 victims of violent crime where a firearm was present in 2012, about 1,800 fewer victims of firearm-related violent crime than 2009. Quebec is excluded from the report due to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

38589

Canada,United States

3 April 2014

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

Authorities confirmed the loaded handgun that an American pilot is accused of attempting to bring through Calgary airport security was a personal weapon. In addition, he was not part of a federal program that allows certain trained flight crew members to be armed on flights. The pilot with SkyWest Airlines was arrested after screening officers at the U.S. security checkpoint discovered what appeared to be a loaded firearm in a bag that was passing through an X-ray... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Herald (Alberta)

38529

Canada

24 March 2014

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

TORONTO - An Ontario couple has been arrested in a firearms trafficking investigation where more than 45 weapons were seized, Toronto Police say. On March 16, the Canada Border Services Agency working on a tip from Toronto Police Service's Firearm Enforcement Unit stopped a man and a woman as they crossed into Canada on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls with their two children. "These are gun smugglers and they sell them on the streets," Toronto Det.-Sgt. Rob... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

38497

Canada

9 March 2014

CBC News (Canada)

Both gun owners and gun control advocates say they're confused by the government's handling of a ban on a class of military-style rifles. Gun owners say they don't know what the government's five-year amnesty on the Swiss Arms Classic Greens means. The guns are semi-automatic rifles called Classic Greens and they've been available in Canada for about a dozen years. Last week the RCMP changed the guns' classification from "non-restricted" to "prohibited" on its... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

38445

Switzerland,Canada

3 March 2014

CBC News (Canada)

The federal government has granted a five-year amnesty to owners of Swiss Arms Classic Green semi-automatic rifles, who will be able to continue to possess their guns "without threat of criminal charges," according to a statement from the public safety minister's office. Although the guns have been sold in Canada for a dozen years, the RCMP had been investigating a small group of rifles similar to the Classic Greens that were brought into Canada from the small arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

38431

Canada,Switzerland

27 February 2014

CBC News (Canada), Video

The gun debate may be flaring up again over what appears to be the imminent ban of a semi-automatic military-style weapon that has been legal in Canada for a dozen years. Gun enthusiasts got word of the ban Wednesday evening, although the RCMP has made no official announcement. According to Solomon Friedman, a lawyer for the National Firearms Association, the PE-90 rifle, made by SAN Swiss Arms AG, a Switzerland-based small arms manufacturer, is about to be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

38415

Canada

20 February 2014

CBC News (Canada)

A Winnipeg-area gun instructor is certifying people to buy weapons after less than three hours of instruction, and helping students with answers to their mandatory exam questions, CBC News has learned. Before anyone can buy a gun in Canada, they have to pass a Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) from an instructor licensed by the RCMP. The police won't say exactly how long the instruction should be, but a cross-Canada CBC survey of courses found most range from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

38393

Switzerland,Canada,Sweden,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Austria,Moldova,Germany

17 February 2014

Österreich Journal

[Translated summary: Austria has sent experts to Moldova to advise on small arms and ammunition storage and management under the OSCE framework. Sweden, Canada, Germany and Switzerland will participate in the programme by 2017, which aims to prevent smuggling of stolen ammunition.] WIEN (bmlvs) - Insgesamt zehn Experten des Bundesheeres unterstützen ab dem 05.03. die OSZE-Mission in der Republik Moldau. Dort werden vorerst vier Angehörige der Heereslogistikschule und... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Österreich Journal

38383

Canada

12 February 2014

Maple Ridge News (Canada)

A Maple Ridge gun shop claims to be the first in Canada to offer selling firearms on yearly financial terms. "Take your dream gun home today and pay it off in six or 12 months," is the advertisement from Wanstalls, noting that a Core 15 assault rifle can be had for $118 per month. Matthew Mendel, a spokesman for the store on the Lougheed Highway in downtown Maple Ridge, said gun stores have offered layaway plans for a long time. However, customers might have had to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Maple Ridge News (Canada)

38362

Australia,Canada

11 February 2014

Huffington Post (USA)

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins believes the Trudeau Liberals want to take away his firearms. And to that, the Alberta native says they must pry them from his "cold, dead hands." Calkins rose in the House during members' statements on Monday to highlight that Liberals will debate a resolution at their biennial convention later this month calling on any future Grit governments to reduce the number of firearms in Canada. And to Calkins, who represents the Alberta riding... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

38357

Canada,United States

5 February 2014

National Post (Toronto)

"Screw Canada." "Another reason not to venture to the dark north." Gun-related message boards lit up this week over news of the arrest of an American man at the Canadian border. Retired U.S. Army sergeant major Louis DiNatale and his wife were on a romantic getaway from Kentucky to Vermont when they say their GPS led them astray to the border. When DiNatale failed to declare a loaded handgun in the centre console — he says he simply forgot it was there — he was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Post (Toronto)

38343

Canada,United States

3 February 2014

Los Angeles Times

Louis DiNatale didn't intend to enter Canada when he and his wife wound up on a bridge from New York state to Ontario province one day in September, misdirected by an unreliable GPS. What began as an American couple's getaway to Vermont quickly turned into a lesson on the stark difference between the U.S. and Canada when it comes to gun laws. DiNatale, whose request to turn around and cross back into the U.S. was denied, then made another mistake. When a border... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

38333

Canada,Israel

28 January 2014

Global News (Canada)

An RCMP decision on whether to approve an Alberta man's exotic pistol could widen a loophole doubling the legal magazine capacity for semi-automatic rifles. Last year Edward Osborne, a Calgary gun collector and competitive target shooter, imported a Czech-made VZ58 pistol, a shortened version of the popular CZ858 rifle, from the United States. "I like it because it's very unique," he said in an interview. "I like the VZ58 platform in general, and this is one that I'd... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

38317

United States,Canada

17 December 2013

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

Riccardo Tolliver pulled up to the Ambassador Bridge customs booth, his pulse quickening, his nerves rattling, firepower on his mind. But he dared not show anxiety – not with almost 40 handguns hidden in door panels of his black Hummer H2. He had hired a friend to drive, it being the first time Tolliver personally smuggled guns across the Canadian border. He figured as a passenger he would not be flagged. He was wrong. Border officers noticed a drunk-driving... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

38194

United States,Canada

17 December 2013

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The biggest Windsor-Detroit gun-smuggling ring ever busted came crashing down because of a seatbelt. One unbuckled belt. One routine traffic stop. A bunch of odd answers. And 16 illegal firearms hidden in a trunk. Special Agent Brian Beardsley with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, knew he had something big the night he took a call in March 2005 from the Monroe County Sheriff's Department saying officers found 16 handguns with serial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

38193

Netherlands,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,United States,Belgium,Iraq,Algeria,Bahrain,Egypt,Mexico,Pakistan,Canada

8 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new buyers of Canadian-made guns and ammunition, an analysis of federal data shows. The analysis by The Canadian Press found that Canadian exports to those countries swelled by 100 per cent from 2011 to 2012, the most recent figures publicly available. During the same time period, exports of Canadian weapons also increased... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

38160

Canada

4 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives have once again pushed back regulations that would require gun manufacturers and importers to imprint the year and country of origin on their products. It's the sixth time the federal government has punted the regulations, which are required by two international treaties, down the road for more consultations with industry. And the government is signalling the current review may result in the repeal of the regulations... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

38147

Russia,Germany,Sri Lanka,Iran,Côte d'Ivoire,Afghanistan,United States,Canada,Togo,Ireland,India,Israel,Syria,Iraq

30 November 2013

Economist

To help push Soviet forces out of Afghanistan in the 1980s, America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gave Afghan fighters shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles (pictured). Accurate and easy-to-use, the Stingers caused grievous losses. But after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, the CIA wanted to discourage the use of the leftover missiles. It got hold of some of those circulating on the black market and booby-trapped them, so that anyone who tried to fire one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

38133

Canada,Israel,United States

28 November 2013

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

A military veteran from Wheeling, W.Va., has been sentenced to five years of federal probation for illegally shipping guns to Israel, Canada and elsewhere. Michael Frank, 26, admitted in January that he sold 24 weapons to foreign customers. The U.S. attorney's office had argued that he deserved at least four years in prison, while his lawyer asked for an alternative to jail time. He was sentenced Tuesday. The case began in May 2012 after authorities in Jerusalem... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

38125

Canada

22 November 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — The federal government is launching an "in-depth" study of the country's civilian firearms industry as part of a program to combat gun crime and weapons smuggling and trafficking. A request for proposal seeking research bids was posted this week by Public Works. The study, "Characteristics of the Canadian Firearms Industry Supplying the Civilian Market," is to be completed by March 31, 2014. Public Safety Canada wants up-to-date details on who is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

38120

United States,Canada

19 November 2013

CP24 (Toronto)

WINNIPEG - A life sentence has been handed down to a man in Winnipeg who was convicted of shooting two men with a pistol that was last registered to the New York Police Department. A courtroom heard Monday that a Glock nine-millimetre gun was used by Randy Murray Williams to kill Darren Joey Swampy and Lee Brady Spence in February 2011. But the gun was not registered in Canada and the Crown admits no one knows how it got across the border. Williams, who is 29,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CP24 (Toronto)

38092

Canada

14 November 2013

Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

Police unveiled a "staggering collection" of firearms Wednesday, seized from a Prince George home following an investigation that began when border guards came across two suspicious packages. Karl Haus, 53, now faces 17 charges in relation to the haul from a Prospect Point home in the Hart Highlands where police uncovered nine rifles — a fully-automatic M-16 and a fully-automatic AK-47 among them — as well as three handguns, two of which were loaded, and two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

38080

Canada

12 November 2013

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

A man who walked into a Victoria-area medical clinic with a high-powered rifle and threatened staff last year was given his weapon back only weeks later and was able to keep his firearms licence before killing two people, a coroner's inquest has heard. Firearms officers did not question the police decision to return the weapon to Angus Mitchell and did not revoke his licence, although it was put under a temporary review, Terry Hamilton, chief firearms officer for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

38070

Canada

12 November 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The mandatory minimum sentences for possession of firearms brought in by the Conservative government in 2008 are unconstitutional, ruled the Ontario Court of Appeal in decisions released Tuesday morning. They are "cruel and unusual punishment" and "grossly disproportionate," found the five-judge panel unanimously. The sentencing laws struck down are part of Section 95, covering possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm or unloaded with ammunition easily... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

38068

Canada

4 November 2013

Grand Forks Herald (Canada)

Two men who pleaded guilty to smuggling guns to Canada after being arrested in Grand Forks were sentenced last month to federal prison. But his stepmother said undercover Mounties posing as Hell's Angels intimidated Shawn Hartnell for months to do a gun deal. Hartnell, 30, was sentenced Oct. 17 to 20 months in federal prison, followed by two years of probation, with credit for the nine months he's served since his Feb. 5 arrest in Grand Forks. His associate, Dylan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Grand Forks Herald (Canada)

38044

Canada

24 October 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Some B.C. residents are capitalizing on the illicit gun trade by making gun parts and even firearms to sell to local criminals. Cpl. Frank Grosspietsch of the RCMP's National Weapons Enforcement Support Team said a "cottage industry" has sprung up in B.C. in recent years among people willing to arm gangsters and other criminals. B.C.-made noise suppressors - which muffle gunshots and are commonly and inaccurately called silencers - have been used in recent murders,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

38014

Canada

18 October 2013

CBC News (Canada)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says that Brian Dawe was wearing body armour and had an AK-47 assault rifle when he used a handgun to shoot two people dead in Conception Bay South earlier this week before he killed himself. In a statement Friday afternoon, the RNC said Dawe also had hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a 9-mm handgun on him when they found his body at a cemetery in Mount Pearl. According to the RNC, Dawe was in possession of the firearms legally,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37990

Canada

17 October 2013

CTV News (Toronto)

OTTAWA - Pixels for Pistols: Over 300 guns turned in and climbing! The Ottawa Police Service has picked up over 300 guns from residents participating in the Pixels for Pistols gun amnesty program. Officers continue to pick up guns every day and getting to the new calls for pick up as fast as they can. "We're getting all types of firearms, like shot guns, rifles, handguns," said Staff Sergeant Mark Patterson, head of the Ottawa Police Guns and Gangs Unit. "People have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

37989

Canada

16 October 2013

Lethbridge Herald (Alberta)

A retired Lethbridge police officer accused in an illegal Calgary gun ring now faces new charges. Daniel Francis Bennett, 65, is accused of falsely reporting to police that several handguns had been stolen from his West Lethbridge garage and then filing a bogus insurance claim. Calgary police later uncovered some of those guns as they searched for the source of an illegal weapons trade on the streets of Calgary. Bennett, who retired from the Lethbridge Regional Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lethbridge Herald (Alberta)

37986

United States,Canada,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

25 September 2013

CBC News (Canada)

The Harper government faced sharp criticism Wednesday for its continued refusal to sign a landmark treaty to regulate the global arms trade. A group of non-governmental agencies, called the Control Arms Coalition, said it was frustrated and disappointed that the government did not follow the United States and more than 90 other countries in signing the Arms Trade Treaty. Meanwhile, the federal NDP accused the government of indulging in conspiracy theories because it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37914

Canada,Australia,United States,United Kingdom

20 September 2013

SBS (Australia), Series

This week brought news of yet another gun massacre in the United States at Washington Navy Yard. It is the latest in a string of 146 mass shootings, with more than 900 victims since 2006. The tragedy gives us pause to reflect on the "common sense" gun controls proposed by president Barack Obama but blocked by gun lobby senators only a few months ago. Among other measures, Obama's proposals sought to reform the national firearm purchase check system, so that offenders... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SBS (Australia)

37896

Canada

10 September 2013

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times (Canda)

It's a major cache of weapons that police believe was destined to fall into the hands of criminals in the Lower Mainland and beyond. On Tuesday, Mounties showed off the major haul of guns and ammunition seized by Coquitlam RCMP's street enforcement team during a raid back in June. And as a result, Marc Wisdom, 41, of Maple Ridge is facing 50 criminal charges including 26 counts related to firearms and ammunition, 20 counts for possession of prohibited devices, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times (Canda)

37861

Colombia,Mexico,Libya,Guinea-Bissau,Canada,United States,Nicaragua,Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago,Russia

8 September 2013

Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

Trinidad and Tobago is awash with guns. Gang leaders, bandits, drug smugglers are armed and shooting at each other, at citizens, at the police without hesitation. The majority of the weapons are small arms and they are usually "imported" with illegal drugs or there is an exchange of drugs for arms. Drug cartels use their illicit profits to purchase these guns, the two trades being intertwined, according to the latest report from the United Nations Office for Disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

37845

United States,Canada

6 September 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

An Osoyoos man has been charged after allegedly selling dozens of smuggled firearms to gangsters in the Okanagan and Metro Vancouver. Tyler Ryan Cuff, 30, is believed to have used his dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship to legally purchase Glocks and other handguns at various Washington State gun shows. Cuff then allegedly smuggled the firearms into B.C. inside both a truck and car passing through the border crossing between Osoyoos and Oroville, Washington. Sgt. Lindsey... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

37836

United States,Canada

30 August 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Police have seized a 183-gun arsenal in a remote area of the B.C. Interior and arrested a man who investigators allege was purchasing assault rifles and other weapons legally and then selling them to the highest bidder, possibly to gang members and other criminals. The province's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit - an RCMP-led team that targets organized crime - announced the seizure. Thursday, almost a week after raiding the home of a 63-year-old man in Tatla... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

37810

Canada

7 August 2013

Calgary Herald (Alberta), Editorial

Last week's police standoff with 71-year-old Isidore Havis of Montreal may look like a one-off incident, but its ramifications stand poised to echo through the years. Havis, 71, the owner of an estimated 180 guns, fired a handgun at police during the tense, 20-hour confrontation. He will likely be charged with uttering threats, as well as firearms offences. The whole thing started when Havis mistook workers from Hydro-Quebec for intruders on his property and it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Herald (Alberta)

37749

Canada

1 August 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

MONTREAL - The federal gun registry may be dead in the rest of Canada but it was put to use this week during a high-profile standoff in Montreal. Police carried 180 guns and 40 bayonets out of a residence on a quiet tree-lined street after the occupant was brought down by rubber bullets early Wednesday, ending the incident that had gone on almost a full day. Montreal police have confirmed they consulted the registry during the standoff to learn about their suspect but... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

37724

Canada

31 July 2013

CBC News (Canada)

A 20-hour standoff between police and a 71-year-old man holed up in a Côte Saint-Luc, Que., home ended just after 8 a.m. ET after he was shot with a rubber bullet and taken into custody. Const. Daniel Lacoursière of the Montreal police said Wednesday morning that a suspect was arrested by a police tactical unit without incident. He was identified as Isidore Havis by family lawyer Jeffrey Boro. He did not have any apparent injuries, but was taken to hospital for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37715

United States,Canada

24 July 2013

KSL (Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY — A 19-year-old is now banned from Canada after she and a friend drove across the border by accident. Tatiana McEwan and one of her girlfriends took their first road trip to Washington. For protection, her friend's boyfriend stashed a handgun in McEwan's car. When the teens unexpectedly found themselves at the Canadian border, their car was searched. Finding the handgun, the patrolmen didn't believe the girls were merely lost. "We're two 19-year-olds... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: KSL (Utah)

37696

Canada,United States

23 July 2013

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

A major with the U.S. Air Force is expected to be released from custody later today or Wednesday after being arrested June 26 for smuggling guns into Canada. Maj. Christopher Doyle Sanders, 46, is facing several charges of smuggling under the Customs Act and weapons charges after he was stopped at the Emerson border crossing June 26. Provincial court Judge Dale Schille agreed earlier this afternoon to a joint recommendation from Crown and defence counsel for Sanders'... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

37695

Canada

12 July 2013

City News (Toronto)

Toronto police announced they had received 485 guns and 22,000 rounds of ammunition during the Pixels for Pistols campaign, an initiative that allows gun owners to turn in their weapons and bullets in exchange for a free digital camera. "It makes the City of Toronto a safer place," Chief Bill Blair said at police headquarters on Friday. "It also gives the public an opportunity to receive something of value for turning in their firearm." The program, sponsored by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: City News (Toronto)

37657

Canada

27 June 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

MONTREAL — The Harper government has won the latest round in its battle to delete, once and for all, the last remaining portion of the federal long-gun registry. Quebec's highest court has ruled against the provincial government there, which is fighting to save data for that province from being destroyed as it has elsewhere in Canada. In its judgment, the Quebec Court of Appeal said the province has no right to the registry data. It also ordered the provincial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

37612

Canada,Thailand,Scotland,South Korea

23 June 2013

Bangkok Post

Three foreign tourists were injured by gunshots in Chiang Mai after a drunk university student opened fire at a restaurant because a waitress rejected him, police said. Chiang Mai police on Saturday arrested Don Praweenmeth, a 27-year-old sixth year medical student at a university in Bangkok. Police said Mr Don confessed that he fired five shots from a 9mm handgun in a busy restaurant on Nimmanahaemin Road at about midnight. The suspect said he was flirting with the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

37598

Canada

18 June 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

A handgun with a laser sight was among 32 firearms turned over to the Vancouver police department during the first half of the province's firearms amnesty program. At the halfway point of the amnesty, residents of Vancouver have turned in 22 rifles, six handguns, and four shotguns. As well, six replica guns and / or pellet or air guns along with almost 700 rounds of ammunition have been collected. "The idea of the program is to provide an opportunity for the general... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

37578

Canada

11 June 2013

Global News (Canada)

After a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle and 30-round magazine killed 14 women at Montreal's École Polytechnique in 1989, Canada's Parliament was plunged into a debate on how to stop it from recurring. By the end of 1991, a package of gun legislation designed to respond to the massacre, backed by then-Justice Minister Kim Campbell, made it into law. One key part of the new law restricted the number of rounds rifle and pistol magazines were allowed to hold.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

37551

Canada,United States

3 June 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Canada isn't saying whether it will join more than 60 other countries in signing a landmark treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade. The federal government hasn't decided whether it agrees with the UN's arms trade treaty, despite having voted to move it ahead in the first place, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday. "We believe that any treaty regarding the sale of munitions that helps move the international community closer to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37519

Caribbean,Barbados,Canada,Trinidad & Tobago,Jamaica

31 May 2013

Barbados Advocate

This island's top cop has revealed steps are being taken – not only on the local front, but regionally – to arrest the problem of gun crimes. Speaking during the hand-over of a hydraulic shears at the Central Police Station from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Commissioner Darwin Dottin noted that there were countries in this region where more than 80 per cent of all homicides... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Barbados Advocate

37510

Canada

30 May 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Police in B.C. will begin collecting unauthorized and unwanted guns on Saturday, as part of a month-long firearms amnesty program they say will help remove guns from communities and reduce the risk they could fall into the hands of criminals. RCMP Insp. Brad Haugli said officers often encounter cases in which tragedy could have been averted if guns were not involved. "As someone who has lost a loved one to suicide by firearm, I know that devastation first-hand,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37513

Canada

13 May 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Advanced technology is helping Toronto police learn more about the history of the guns they seize from city streets, but wary criminals are paying attention and taking steps to thwart that process. Police say that when they retrieve bullets, fragments or shell casings from crime scenes, investigators can tell if they have come from a firearm that they have seen before. They do this using the Integrated Ballistics Identification System, a Canadian-designed technology... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37440

Canada,China,Germany

1 May 2013

Global News (Canada)

Six years after approving German-made rifles that can be converted to machine guns "in minutes" – guns that by law should have been prohibited to begin with – the federal government will spend up to $260,000 buying them from their owners. In February 2007, the RCMP classified the SSD BD38, a semi-automatic replica of a German Second World War-era sub-machine gun, as a 'restricted' firearm, meaning that it had the same legal status as a handgun. That classification... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

37400

Canada,Singapore,India

1 May 2013

DNA India (Mumbai)

An 80-year-old man from Dadar was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly supplying spare parts of imported weapons, arms and ammunition to a Uttar Pradesh-based gang. A joint team of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad and Mumbai police also recovered spare parts of imported weapons and ammunition from his flat. Senior inspector of Dadar police station Prakash Patil said that D'Souza was arrested from his fifth floor flat at Salvation Apartments in Agar Bazaar area.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: DNA India (Mumbai)

37394

Fiji,Canada

30 April 2013

Metro Canada

A Vancouver criminal who had already received two lifetime weapons bans was caught again with three illegal guns. Police executed a search warrant on June 20 last year on a home where Victor Sharma lived with his late mother. Police found a fairly large marijuana grow-op of 659 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $220,000, and a hydroelectric bypass. Officers also found an illegal Ruger semi-automatic pistol with 13 live rounds loaded in a clip. The gun had its... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Metro Canada

37410

Canada

29 April 2013

CTV News (Toronto)

The London police drugs and guns unit seized over $5,000 worth of drugs, nine handguns and three assault rifles from a residence on William Street. Police executed a search warrant at the London residence on Friday around 10 p.m. Officers also found hundreds of rounds of ammunition and over $13,000 in cash. Following a press conference on Monday afternoon, police released a list of all the firearms that were seized: - Smith and Wesson .45 Calibre semi-automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

37388

Canada

23 April 2013

CBC News (Canada)

An investigation into an international weapons smuggling operation has led police to raid an Ontario army base and lay more than 30 charges against a Quebec soldier. Ontario provincial police say the raids conducted at CFB Borden and several locations in Quebec netted hundreds of firearms, gun enhancements and parts, including silencers and thousands of rounds of ammunition. They say officers also seized documents related to the production of prohibited firearms parts... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37362

Canada

21 April 2013

Calgary Herald (Alberta) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Public servants spent a full month, at the "urgent" request of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, preparing two splashy announcements heralding the destruction of the long-gun registry data — only to have the events cancelled at the last moment without explanation. The final deletion of millions of registry records last October 31 could be seen as a crowning achievement for a Conservative government that had campaigned against the registry for more than a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Herald (Alberta) / Canadian Press

37353

United States,Canada

19 April 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Chantelle Batte didn't know she had successfully smuggled a small arsenal of guns, including a machine gun with a silencer, into Canada until police showed up at her door and arrested her days later. Batte, a single mom from Sarnia, is just one of the many people used to mule guns across the border each year. An ongoing Star investigation reveals that border officers seize few of the guns destined for the criminal market in Toronto and across Ontario. Today, we look... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

37352

Canada,Singapore,India

19 April 2013

Pioneer (India)

LUCKNOW - Sleuths of the Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) arrested four persons and claimed to have busted a gang which is smuggling parts of arms from overseas and assembling them here to dispose it off later to hardened criminals at higher rates. They said to have recovered arms in large quantity besides equipments and tools used for assembling. Giving the details of the above development here on Thursday afternoon, ADG (law and order) Arun Kumar, said that the ATS is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pioneer (India)

37351

Canada

11 April 2013

CBC News (Canada)

RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency have intercepted a prohibited firearm that was being sent to someone in northern B.C. through the mail. In late March, the CBSA found the gun in Canada Post mail destined for Dawson Creek, located in northeastern B.C. Working with Canada Post, police tracked the alleged recipients of the package and arrested two Dawson Creek men, aged 31 and 40, who are both well-known to police. Both men are facing charges of importation of a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37312

Canada,United States

10 April 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The torn up shell of a school bus, pockmarked with gashes and dents from 6,000 bullets, was paraded through the streets of Washington, D.C. this week, centre of the action in the swirling American gun control debate. Was it the remains of an unspeakable horror? Some kind of war zone relic? No. It's art, and in post-Sandy Hook America, where the bullet-riddled bus installation by Toronto artist Viktor Mitic is on display, the stark portrayal of the destructive power of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

37302

Canada

5 April 2013

Ottawa Sun (Ontario)

Police say it's nearly impossible to prevent domestic-related murders like the one that rocked a Gatineau daycare Friday morning. Hunting shotguns similar to the gun used in Friday's incident can be legally owned but police no longer know who they belong to. "Since the long gun registry was abolished, there's absolutely no way now for law enforcement to know who owns or possesses long guns," said Ottawa police weapons expert Det. Chris O'Brien. Most often, it's women... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ottawa Sun (Ontario)

37293

Canada

4 April 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The champagne was flowing Tuesday afternoon in the office of the Canadian charity Project Ploughshares. Hours earlier, the United Nations in a 154-3 vote agreed to approve an arms trade treaty, a pact that has the promise to regulate the cross-border sale of conventional weapons. In theory, the treaty should stop arms makers from being able to sell so easily to countries with spotty human-rights records. Tanks, combat aircraft, naval vessels, missiles and launchers,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

37288

Canada

31 March 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Dealers at this year's Calgary Gun Show say that stricter rules on trigger locks go too far. The province is starting to enforce a trigger-lock law designed to make handling and transporting guns safer. The law has been in place for 15 years but hasn't been enforced until now. Dealers say that the precaution is unnecessary. "We don't look at them as a very safe device," says Hank Holm, president of the Alberta Arms and Cartridge Collectors' Association. "If you put... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37264

Canada

27 March 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Winnipeg police have laid charges against a firearms safety instructor after seizing 101 firearms from a St. Boniface-area home. On Feb. 26, a 54-year-old man from Winnipeg was charged with uttering threats and a variety of firearms related offences. A shot gun was seized at the time of the arrest, according to police. Shortly after the incident, officers began looking into where the gun came from. After a lengthy investigation, officers executed a search warrant at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37249

Canada

20 March 2013

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

Calgary police were disturbed to find a loaded AK-47 assault rifle — the first weapon of its kind seized in the city in recent years — during a recent trafficking bust. "It's shocking we found such a high-calibre weapon in the hands of criminals," said Staff Sgt. Steven Drennan with the Calgary Police Service's guns and gangs unit. While the city has seen a growing weapons trade over the years, this is the first time in recent history a genuine high calibre AK-47... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

37215

South America,Eastern Europe,Thailand,Italy,Canada,United States,Philippines

20 March 2013

BBC News

CEBU, Philippines - A shot rings out from a factory on the outskirts of the Philippines' second-biggest city, Cebu. But this isn't an all-too-frequent drive-by killing or an argument that has become violent. The sound is from a testing range at Shooters Arms, the country's second-largest gun factory. Shooters Arms produces about 20,000 pistols and shotguns every year, 85% of which are sold abroad - mainly to the US, Canada, Italy and Thailand. Operations manager... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37208

United States,Canada

20 March 2013

Oshawa Express (Ontario)

Durham Regional Police Inspector Mario Lessard of the Criminal Intelligence Branch was surrounded by a room full of guns. There were weapons strewn about everywhere, all part of a massive seizure. Grenades, landmines, 67 guns and a small cannon were recently found in a Bancroft home where a couple now faces more than 600 charges as a result. But what does Durham have to do with this? According to Insp. Lessard, Durham is a member of the Provincial Weapons Enforcement... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Oshawa Express (Ontario)

37203

Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania,United States,Russia,Italy,Germany,Brazil,Switzerland,Israel,Austria,South Korea,Belgium,Spain,Turkey,Norway,Canada,United Kingdom,Australia,France,Pakistan,Yemen,Honduras,El Salvador,Jamaica

18 March 2013

al Jazeera

Diplomats from around the world have gathered at the UN for talks on an international arms trade treaty, in an effort to stop the sale of illegal conventional arms. Similar talks held last July failed, mainly due to the objections of the US and Russia, the world's two largest arms exporters. Al Jazeera has compiled a list of facts related to the global production and trading of small arms. 1. Authorised international transfers of small arms, light weapons, their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37196

Canada

18 March 2013

CBC News (Canada), Canadian Press

A pro-gun advocacy group that has two representatives on a federal firearms advisory panel wants the Conservative government to eliminate all provincial firearms offices, saying they have "poked the lion" once too often. The Canadian Sports Shooting Association has launched a national petition that asks Ottawa to establish a single "civilian agency" in place of provincial and territorial firearms officers that oversee licensing and other gun regulations. The group is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada), Canadian Press

37195

United States,Canada

12 March 2013

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

It's what you might expect to find in James Bond's arsenal of high-tech weapons. But it's turning up in Calgary and possibly gaining popularity with those involved in the city's drug trade. A .22-calibre pen gun with a half-mile range was discovered in a drug bust Tuesday in Forest Lawn. The weapon — which looks like an ordinary retractable pen — is the third of its kind seized by police in the past year. "This pen looks no different than something you could buy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Herald (Alberta)

37180

Canada

11 March 2013

CBC News (Canada)

The government has shaken up a committee that advises the public safety minister on firearms legislation in Canada, dumping three gun enthusiasts in favour of a trio of police leaders. The Harper government had faced sharp criticism from gun control groups for allowing firearms experts and dealers on its Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee (CFAC). On Monday, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews issued a news release stating Linda Baggaley, a firearms expert and dealer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37171

Africa,Asia,Oceania,Europe,Canada,Americas

9 March 2013

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

OTTAWA — Gun-control advocates and opposition parties want to know why the Harper government has consistently included a prominent firearms advocate in Canadian delegations at international arms-control talks in recent years. They believe Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) president Steve Torino's presence alongside Canadian diplomats is tied to what they say are Canadian efforts to weaken a new Arms Trade Treaty being negotiated at the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

37163

Canada

5 March 2013

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

OTTAWA — For nearly two weeks last year, diplomats from Canada and the rest of the world gathered at the United Nations in New York to discuss ways to crack down on the illicit trade in small arms and ammunition. But rather than working to strengthen those efforts, newly released documents show Canadian officials were instructed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to "play a low-key, minimal role" — and that their main objective was safeguarding Canadian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

37143

Canada

27 February 2013

CBC News (Canada)

On the evening of Jul. 17, 2010, the RCMP in Okotoks, Alta., received a report of a domestic assault, and about six hours after the initial call, with the emergency response team deployed around his house, 39-year-old Corey Lewis stepped out the door. "He took up a kneeling stance and raised an object to his shoulder and pointed it at the loudspeaker. The object he was holding appeared to have a silver tip and was dark in colour," according to Cliff Purvis, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37116

Canada

19 February 2013

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

QUEBEC — It was in their eyes, it was in their voices. Gun-control advocates, including the mother of a victim of the École Polytechnique massacre, descended on the National Assembly Tuesday to witness another step toward the creation of a provincial gun registry. And while they heaped praise on Quebec's politicians — the new registry has the support of all the parties here — they expressed anger at what has happened to their dream of better gun control in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Montreal Gazette (Québec)

37089

Canada

16 February 2013

Yahoo (Canada) / Macleans (Canada)

As Americans debate their culture of guns with unprecedented intensity, concern in Canada about the spillover of firearms across the border might be expected to heat up too. Even before the school-shooting carnage at Newtown, Conn., which prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to propose a raft of politically contentious new gun-control measures, Canadian federal politicians regularly talked tough about the scourge of U.S. handguns turning up on Canada's city streets.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo (Canada) / Macleans (Canada)

37069

United States,Canada

7 February 2013

Grand Forks Herald

A Canadian man was arrested this week by federal agents at a Grand Forks motel after they say he took $24,000 in cash for six guns he thought would be smuggled into Canada. Shawn Hartnell, 29, appeared in federal court in Grand Forks on Wednesday. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Chase, Hartnell faces two charges. One count alleges that, as a Canadian citizen in the United States on a "non-immigrant," visa, Hartnell was illegally possessing firearms. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Grand Forks Herald

37041

Chile,Brazil,Germany,Libya,Turkey,Denmark,Sweden,Canada

30 January 2013

Deutsche Welle

Critics says the government's report on arms exports lacks transparency: exporting companies are not named, and government sales are merely summarized. Yet the government claims it's in-depth and detailed. How is it that time and again military equipment "made in Germany" shows up in war zones, despite German government claims that it handles its weapon exports "restrictively" and that it maintains a broad ban on exports to countries with questionable track records for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

37017

Canada

14 January 2013

Global News (Canada)

Canada's gun control system has failed to keep up with a changing arms industry, leading to a bewildering and inconsistent series of loopholes, a Global News investigation shows. Critics say that the system, based in part on restricting and prohibiting specific firearms, hasn't been updated since the 1990s, while the gun industry has been offering more and more exotic and envelope-pushing designs - not only of the guns themselves, but also components like... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

36943

United Kingdom,Finland,Colombia,Mexico,Western Europe,Australia,Yemen,Canada,New Zealand,United States

20 December 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

How freely do guns flow in the United States compared with the world's other industrialized countries? According to GunPolicy.org, run by Philip Alpers, a firearms analyst at The University of Sydney, the United States is unusual with what Alpers described as the "two pillars" of gun control: licensing gun owners and registering weapons. "You are basically the only country in the developed world that doesn't license gun owners across the board and you are almost alone... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

36858

Yemen,Norway,Switzerland,Canada,Germany,Spain,Finland,United States,United Kingdom,Australia

19 December 2012

Los Angeles Times

Twelve days after the worst mass murder in Australian history, when 35 people were shot to death at Tasmania state's Port Arthur tourist mecca in 1996, the government issued sweeping reforms of the country's gun laws. There hasn't been a mass shooting since, and suicides, deaths by firearms and robberies at gunpoint have plummeted. The results of toughened gun rules in Britain after the massacre in the Scottish town of Dunblane that same year weren't so immediate or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

36841

Norway,Switzerland,Finland,Germany,Canada,Australia,United Kingdom,United States

18 December 2012

ABC News (USA) / AP

If there's anywhere that understands the pain of Newtown, it's Dunblane, the town whose grief became a catalyst for changes to Britain's gun laws. In March 1996, a 43-year-old man named Thomas Hamilton walked into a primary school in this central Scotland town of 8,000 people and shot to death 16 kindergarten-age children and their teacher with four legally held handguns. In the weeks that followed, people in the town formed the Snowdrop campaign — named for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (USA) / AP

36854

Canada,Japan,Switzerland,Germany,Spain,United Kingdom,Netherlands,Denmark,European Union,France

18 December 2012

JOL Press (Paris)

[Translated summary: France: follows European policies - Denmark and Netherlands: total ban - United Kingdom: almost all firearms are prohibited - Switzerland: a more liberal legislation - the Japanese model: no firearm at all - Canada: the stormy debate on the right to carry firearms] La récente tuerie de Newton a relancé une fois de plus le débat sur le port d'armes aux États-Unis. Mais quelle est la réglementation dans d'autres pays du monde ? Petit tour... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: JOL Press (Paris)

36844

United States,Canada

17 December 2012

Now Toronto, Opinion

I'm not going to ask if what happened in Newtown, Connecticut can happen here because now's a time for reflection, not panic and cheap one-liners. Our gun laws are a good deal stricter than those in the United States. The days when you could purchase a rifle at the counter of the Canadian Tire with little more than a driver's license are over, thanks to Marc Lepine's 1989 outrage. But when it comes to gun control, we've been headed in the wrong direction for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Now Toronto

36838

Canada

17 December 2012

Toronto Star (Ontario), Opinion

"Your shopping cart is currently empty." This little notice popped onto my screen as I browsed the website of one of Canada's biggest gun retailers, surveying the wide assortment of assault weapons it offers for sale online — including one virtually identical to the semi-automatic rifle used in last week's horrific school slaughter in Connecticut. Canadians often take comfort in the notion that spectacles of gruesome gun violence are part of a U.S. pathology that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

36837

United States,Canada

17 December 2012

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

As debate over stricter gun control ratchets up in the U.S. in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Connecticut, there is fear among gun-control advocates in Canada that the Conservative government is moving to further loosen some of this country's gun rules. While Prime Minister Harper earlier this month threw cold water on a government committee's suggestion of reclassifying "prohibited" weapons as "restricted" ones, the government appears to be open to some of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Herald (Alberta)

36833

Canada

12 December 2012

Red Deer Advocate (Canada), Opinion

Should Canada loosen the laws to make it easier to obtain handguns and restricted weapons? Absolutely not. But the federal firearms advisory committee says otherwise. The committee recently recommended the rules be changed, saying some prohibited weapons, including handguns and assault rifles, should be reclassified to make them more easily available. The recommendation makes no sense. And its absurdity has been noted by the federal government, which says it will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Red Deer Advocate (Canada)

36818

Canada

7 December 2012

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has rejected recommendations from his firearms advisory committee and is suggesting the group's membership may need revisiting. Documents obtained by the Coalition for Gun Control reveal the committee advising Public Safety Minister Vic Toews wants some prohibited weapons, including handguns and assault rifles, reclassified to make them more easily available. The 14-member group is also pushing to make firearm licences good for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

36809

Canada

6 December 2012

Yahoo (Canada) / CBC News (Canada)

Quebec is moving forward on plans to create its own version of the former federal long-gun registry. In light of the anniversary of the Montreal Polytechnique massacre, the Parti Québécois has announced the government will move forward with a bill that will make long-gun registration mandatory. The provincial registry will be implemented as soon as Quebec can obtain the necessary data from the Canadian Firearms Registry. The federal long-gun registry was created by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo (Canada) / CBC News (Canada)

36807

Canada

6 December 2012

Toronto Star (Ontario), Editorial

The gun lobby never sleeps. Fresh from killing off Canada's federal registry of rifles and shotguns, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's firearm-friendly Conservatives are now being urged to take aim at our remaining gun safety laws. It's a chilling prospect. As Star writer Tonda MacCharles reported on Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is mulling a sweeping set of proposals from the pro-gun camp that would further water down federal controls. In future, gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

36806

Canada

5 December 2012

CBC News (Canada)

The Conservative government has quietly shelved rules on serial numbers for guns that would have helped keep Canada in compliance with its international conventions on arms smuggling. The decision came through an order-in-council — a cabinet decree — that was not formally announced by the Harper government but has been posted among dozens of other orders on the Privy Council Office website. A single paragraph on the website states the long-delayed regulations,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

36803

Canada

4 December 2012

United Press International

OTTAWA - While the total number of homicides are up in Canada, the number of gun-related homicides are at a 50-year low, police records show. There were 598 homicides throughout Canada in 2011 - 44 more than in 2010 - the first annual increase in three years, Statistics Canada said on its website Tuesday. However, just 158 2011 homicides were committed with a firearm, 13 fewer than the year before and the lowest number of gun-related homicides in almost 50 years. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

36796

Canada

16 November 2012

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — It was a quiet death. Two weeks ago, with no fanfare and no formal announcement, the federal Conservatives oversaw the end of the long-gun registry. All that the Mounties kept was information on long guns held in Quebec, until a court challenge by that province to keep the data is settled. Now, just as quietly, along comes the long-gun registry's obituary in the form of the annual report for 2011 on the firearms program. Vic Toews, minister of public... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

36746

United States,Canada

13 November 2012

CBC News (Canada)

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was warned by his department about the risks of failing to tighten up surveillance of gun shows months before he announced a proposal to repeal long-delayed gun show regulations. Toews announced in September the government would not be going ahead with the regulations, which were due to take effect at the end of November following years of delays. "Repealing the unnecessary gun shows regulations shows our government is focused on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

36729

Canada

4 November 2012

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

OTTAWA - Rifle enthusiasts celebrating the destruction of most long-gun registry files last week have more to cheer about after the government again deferred a plan gun-control advocates say would combat illegal arms trafficking. Opponents argue the United Nations protocol signed by a previous Liberal government would drive up the cost of guns by as much as $200 apiece, killing jobs and creating more red tape in an already overregulated industry. Proponents argue... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

36709

Canada

22 October 2012

MSN News (Canada) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA, Canada - Seven months after the federal long gun registry was repealed in every province but Quebec, a small but vocal faction of gun owners is feeling deeply betrayed by the Conservative government. A registry of gun owners — if not their specific weapons — remains in force under federal licensing provisions that were part of the same 1995 Liberal gun control bill so loathed by the gun lobby. It's a reality to which some sport shooting enthusiasts are just... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MSN News (Canada) / Canadian Press

36671

Canada

16 October 2012

Brandon Sun (Manitoba)

OTTAWA - The Tory government that killed the long-gun registry this year now says placing serial numbers on rifles and shotguns contributes to public safety by allowing police to trace them to their legal owners. Starting Dec. 1, long-delayed rules on gun markings will come into force. After years of demonizing the Liberal-built long-gun registry as "wasteful" and "ineffective," the Harper government says there is some utility after all in being able to track sport... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Brandon Sun (Manitoba)

36651

Canada

14 October 2012

CBC News (Canada) / The Canadian Press

Crimes involving guns cost Canadians more than $3 billion a year, suggests an internal Justice Department study that may stoke the gun-control debate. The newly released report examined all firearm-related crime in 2008, and calculated costs across a broad range, including the value of policing and prosecuting offenders, lost income and even burial fees for victims. The total came to $3.1 billion, or about $93 for every person in the country, says the study, completed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada) / The Canadian Press

36639

Canada

11 October 2012

Calgary Sun (Alberta)

Police are on the hunt for at least 30 firearms stolen from a Calgary shooting range, now presumably in the hands of criminals who are in the crosshairs of investigators. And they are appealing to the public for help finding culprits or weapons swiped during the break-in at the Calgary Shooting Centre, in the 7100 block of Fisher Rd. S.E., about 4 a.m. Thursday. Insp. Patty McCallum said suspects "smashed several display cases and removed a number of firearms." They... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Sun (Alberta)

36636

Canada

5 October 2012

Edmonton Journal (Alberta) / Calgary Herald (Alberta)

EDMONTON - A Sherwood Park man has been fined $9,000 in court for smuggling after Canadian border guards found disassembled guns in his vehicle. On Thursday, Dean Barret Regehr pleaded guilty to Customs Act charges of smuggling, undervaluation and evading compliance with the act related to a Sept. 4 incident at the Coutts border crossing, said a news release from the Canada Border Services Agency. Regehr declared to customs officials that he had one shotgun, but... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Edmonton Journal (Alberta) / Calgary Herald (Alberta)

36621

Canada

21 September 2012

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

An attempt to save the long-gun registry data in Ontario misfired Friday, when the Ontario Superior Court called an appeal by a Toronto women's shelter "weak" and dismissed it. The federal government is calling the ruling a victory. "The will of Parliament and Canadians has been clear. We do not want any form of a wasteful and ineffective long gun registry," Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement. The Superior Court had heard a motion from the Barbra... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

36576

Canada

10 September 2012

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

According to Google Maps, it would take you 27 hours to drive the 2,224 kilometres from Steinbach, Manitoba, home of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, to Metropolis, the downtown Montreal nightclub, where Denis Blanchette was gunned down at a political rally a week ago. It would be funny if the people in Steinbach and the people of downtown Montreal saw the world the same way. They speak different languages, practice different religions and earn their livings in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Montreal Gazette (Québec)

36544

Canada

5 September 2012

National Post (Toronto)

When a Newmarket, Ontario, man looked out his window one day last week and saw a young male carrying an assault rifle, he wasted little time calling police. A short time later, three teenagers were under arrest, suspected to [be] carrying dangerous weapons. But York Regional Police soon realized the weapons were air guns, not real firearms. The incident, described in a media release Tuesday, is one of several that police have responded to involving look-a-like guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

31 August 2012

Yahoo! (Canada) / Daily Brew, Blog

The Conservative government killed the national long-gun registry but one of Canada's major gun-owner groups wants to poke the corpse to prove it's dead. The Canadian Shooting Sports Association, which claims more than 15,000 members, has launched what it calls the Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle, aimed at demonstrating why it's pointless for some provinces to maintain their own registries. "In order to support federal Bill C-19 that specifies the data must be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo! (Canada) / Daily Brew

36522

Canada

20 August 2012

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Fewer border guards drew their guns, batons and pepper spray last year in an abrupt reversal of a previous trend toward greater use of force at Canadian border points. There were 147 such incidents at border stations in 2011-12, a significant drop from 184 in the previous year. It marks the first significant decline in so-called use-of-force incidents over the last five years, a period during which guards were armed with handguns for the first time. Previously,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

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Africa,Canada,United States,Americas,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Mexico

1 August 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Lost in the hoopla of the opening ceremony of the Olympics, a vital international marathon of another kind ended Friday with a race suspension just before the finish line. At the United Nations in New York, a month of intensive multilateral negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to regulate international transfers of conventional weapons concluded without agreement, largely because the United States called for more time on the final day. The U.S. announcement was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

36416

Canada,United States,Australia

25 July 2012

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

The number of victims in the Colorado cinema shooting would undoubtedly have been much higher than 12 killed and 58 wounded had the AR-15 assault rifle used by the alleged offender, James Holmes, not jammed. According to police, the jammed weapon was capable of firing 50-60 rounds a minute. Police say Holmes also had two Glock pistols, a shotgun and 6000 rounds of ammunition. Shock, dismay and surprise are always expressed after such killings - and questioning of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

36388

Mexico,Canada,United States,Central America,North America,Caribbean

25 July 2012

Time (USA)

Looming over the aftermath of the Aurora shooting is the long-standing and largely fruitless American debate over gun control. My colleague Alex Altman wrote lucidly about the paralysis that grips many U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle when forced to account for a tragedy of this magnitude. More stringent controls could have thwarted the shooting suspect from spending months undetected while he amassed an arsenal of assault weapons, heavy ammunition and body... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

36387

Canada

18 July 2012

Radio France Internationale

[Translated summary: Toronto shooting revives debate over firearms sales and handgun ban. According to Police data, 700,000 handguns are legally held and registered in Canada.] Toronto est sous le choc après la fusillade qui a fait deux morts et 23 blessés dont un enfant de 22 mois. Les tirs sont intervenus pendant un barbecue qui rassemblait les habitants d'un quartier. Au lendemain du drame, la presse relance le débat sur la vente libre des armes à feu. « La... (GunPolicy.org)

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36357

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Canada

18 July 2012

Embassy Magazine (Canada)

The Harper government is trying to fudge efforts to craft an effective international treaty to govern the global arms trade by adding oversight "loopholes" into the agreement, the NDP says. NDP trade critic Don Davies says the Tories are trying to water down the global push for a United Nations arms trade treaty to score domestic political points with red-meat conservatives. He and other treaty supporters point to the Harper government's desire not to include the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Embassy Magazine (Canada)

36355

Canada

18 July 2012

Washington Post / AP

TORONTO — Toronto police were investigating the possibility of gang involvement in a shooting that killed two people and wounded 23 others at an outdoor party, and said Tuesday they were concerned about the potential for violent retribution. Bullets from more than one gun sprayed into the crowd of more than 100 people at an annual barbecue Monday night in the suburb of Scarborough. Police said two handguns were used, and one was recovered at the crime scene. "In my... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / AP

36343

United States,Canada

10 July 2012

Toronto Sun (Ontario) / QMI Agency, Opinion

TORONTO - On the surface, an Ontario judge striking down a mandatory minimum three-year sentence to someone for supposedly trying to sell a revolver seems another case of the law being an ass (or "a ass," to quote Charles Dickens). In the case of Christopher Lewis, a judge imposed a sentence of three years — two for drug dealing (less one year for time served) and an additional year (instead of the mandatory minimum) for offering to sell a .45-calibre gun he didn't... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario) / QMI Agency

36323

Canada

10 July 2012

CBC News (Canada)

The federal government has ordered the province to stop collecting personal information from people who buy long guns. Nova Scotia's firearms office collected the information under federal authority and continued to do so, even after the federal government killed the long gun registry earlier this spring. Roger Merrick, the province's director of Public Safety Investigations, said that will now end. "We will be sending out letters to businesses that sell firearms,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

36322

Canada

6 July 2012

CNews (Canada)

OSHAWA, Ontario - Refusing to make one size fit all, an Ontario judge has just taken another shot at Ottawa's get-tough-on-crime mandatory minimum sentences for gun offences. The automatic three-year term for a first-time gun trafficker has been struck down for the first time as unconstitutional by Ontario Court Justice Paul Bellefontaine. His landmark ruling follows the decision by his Superior Court colleague in February that found the same mandatory minimum for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNews (Canada)

36308

Canada

3 July 2012

Marketwire, Media release

OTTAWA, Ontario - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and Candice Hoeppner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety announced that the Firearms Information Regulations (Non-Restricted Firearms) have come into force. "Our government made a commitment to Canadians to end the long-gun registry once and for all and that is what we did with the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act (Bill C-19)" said Minister Toews. "These regulations will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Marketwire

36297

Canada

19 June 2012

Global News (Canada)

A Global News investigation has found dozens more misclassified firearms which might be deleted with the long gun registry. Yesterday, Global News reported finding 361 handguns and three automatic weapons classified as if they were mainstream rifles or shotguns, which, all other things being equal, means that their data will be deleted. Since that story appeared, we have found more than 120 weapons in the firearms registry which aren't classified at all. They include... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

36269

Canada

17 June 2012

New York Times

OTTAWA — The capture at the American border of a Canadian security guard wanted in the slaying of three colleagues and the wounding of a fourth ended a nationwide manhunt and brought a sense of relief to western Canada on Sunday. The search for the suspect, Travis Baumgartner, 21, began Friday after, the police said, he shot his co-workers while they were refilling A.T.M.'s at a university campus in Edmonton, Alberta. After the early morning shooting, Mr.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36259

Canada

13 June 2012

98,5 fm (Canada) / Canadian Press

[Translated summary: TORONTO - Des partisans du contrôle des armes à feu ont dénoncé la présence au pays d'armes de poing, mercredi, lançant un appel à une interdiction pancanadienne de cette arme utilisée, selon eux, à des fins uniquement violentes. Les proches d'un Torontois tué dans une double fusillade il y a quatre ans ont exhorté le gouvernement Harper à concentrer leurs efforts sur ce qu'ils qualifient «d'arme de guerre», plutôt que de défendre... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 98,5 fm (Canada) / Canadian Press

36248

Canada

13 June 2012

CBC News (Canada) / Canadian Press

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is moving to bar what he calls "back-door" gun registries. Toews tabled proposed regulations in Parliament on Wednesday that say firearms dealers would not be required to collect and keep data on long gun sales. Recently passed legislation ended registration of most rifles and shotguns and directed the RCMP to permanently destroy more than seven million files on firearm ownership. However, provinces have required gun dealers to record... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada) / Canadian Press

36238

Canada

13 June 2012

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Double-killer Angus Mitchell was likely issued his firearms licence without a check of the database that records encounters with police where no criminal charges are laid. RCMP Sgt. Greg Cox confirmed from Ottawa Tuesday the Police Records Information Management Environment (PRIME) database is not routinely checked before someone is issued a firearms licence. Cox said generally, only the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database is searched, which records... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

36237

Syria,Canada,United Arab Emirates,Venezuela,Lebanon,Iraq

6 June 2012

National (Abu Dhabi), Opinion

'The weapon first, fighting second," goes an Arabic proverb, which pretty much explains why there is so much conflict in the world today. But it also describes perfectly what I have had the misfortune of seeing as I've travelled and worked in war zones across the region. I remember the time I was in Iraq, and the family I was staying with insisted that I carry some form of weapon as "defence" and protection. Even their grandmother carried a small hand gun in her purse... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National (Abu Dhabi)

36217

Mexico,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Canada

4 June 2012

CBC News (Canada)

Canada has modified its controversial position on a United Nations arms control treaty. In a new position paper submitted to the UN, the federal government has dropped its proposal to exclude all sporting and hunting firearms from the international Arms Trade Treaty, an agreement that seeks to regulate the import, export and transfer of all conventional weapons. Last summer Canada surprised many and attracted heaps of scorn from countries such as Nigeria, Brazil,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

36211

Canada

4 June 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

VANCOUVER - A person who's had a gun seized for mental-health reasons does not have to meet any provincewide standards to have it returned – an issue that's come to light following the shootings of three people in Burnaby. The RCMP issued a public warning about Angus David Mitchell last week, linking him to the deaths of two people inside a sushi restaurant and the attempted murder of his former landlord. Mr. Mitchell was spotted by a member of the public less than... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

36206

Canada

29 May 2012

24 Heures (Montreal)

[Translated summary: Peacekeepers dismantled a firearms trafficking network on the territory of the Kahnawake reserve. The firearms were bought on the US market and illegally imported into Canada, others were legally bought in Canada by registered permit holders then re-sold.] KAHNAWAKE - Une opération policière visant le démantèlement d'un réseau d'armes à feu a eu lieu, mardi matin, sur le territoire de la réserve de Kahnawake. Les Peacekeepers de Kahnawake,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 24 Heures (Montreal)

36189

Canada

28 May 2012

National Post (Toronto)

Gun owners who thought they had a friend in the Conservative government in Ottawa are in for a nasty surprise. It would seem that, having delivered on its promise to scrap the long-gun registry, the federal Tories feel that they've paid their dues to Canada's lawful firearms owners. From here on in, the Conservatives won't be doing gun owners any favours. The federal government recently quietly announced that, effective this September, it will begin charging firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Post (Toronto)

36182

Canada

23 May 2012

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

Confusion on firearms rules has some Manitoba dealers feeling like they're under the gun to abide by a so-called "back-door" registry. Though Ottawa and the provincial government insist there's no new long-gun registry replacing a federal firearm database that was scrapped this spring, retailers say RCMP are sending mixed signals. To firearms vendor Travis VanDaele's Brandon business, it doesn't appear that the federal Conservative government's scrapping of the gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

36162

Canada

16 May 2012

Radio Canada (Canada)

[Translated Summary: Wildrose's Judicial Affairs critique, Shayne Saskiw, is asking the provincial government to better protect the rights of firearms owners in Alberta, by nominating the firearms controller for the province.] Le critique du Wildrose en matière de Justice, Shayne Saskiw, demande au gouvernement provincial de mieux protéger les droits des propriétaires d'armes à feu en Alberta en nommant le contrôleur des armes à feu de la province. Le détenteur... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Canada (Canada)

36142

Canada

16 May 2012

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

EDMONTON - Solicitor General Jonathan Denis says Alberta "does not and will not" have a provincial gun registry, though questions remain about the type of data collected by gun shops in the province. Denis was responding Wednesday to allegations the provincial government has allowed the creation of a "shadow" registry that will effectively replace the controversial federal long gun registry. "Alberta does not have a gun registry, Alberta will not have a gun registry,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

36131

Canada

15 May 2012

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

The province of New Brunswick announced Tuesday that it will adhere to the federal government's wishes and no longer require gun dealers to keep records of sales of long guns and who purchased them. Not all provinces have been so quick to let go of the record-keeping practice that some have likened to a "back-door" gun registry. Ontario has balked at the Harper government's directive. Other provinces say they are consulting with their lawyers or seeking further... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

36127

Canada

14 May 2012

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

TORONTO - Ontario's chief firearms officer insists that Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews can't just order him to stop the collection of information on gun buyers. OPP Supt. Chris Wyatt said federal firearms legislation stipulates he "may" ask gun store sellers to write down the names and gun licence numbers of purchasers — and he intends to continue doing so. "I don't like being in conflict with the RCMP or the federal minister," Wyatt said. "I want to be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

36126

Canada

11 May 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

The head of the Mounties is warning chief firearms officers in the provinces and territories not to create their own lists of long-gun owners now that the federal government has scrapped its registry. But the edict created confusion Friday, with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty saying he intends to ignore it until the federal government makes it clear whether the provinces can continue collecting their own information on firearms. The province's chief firearms officer.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

36123

Canada

9 May 2012

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

TORONTO - Toronto city council fired a shot Wednesday at the federal government for killing off the long gun registry. Councillors voted 39 to 5 to urge the province to ask the federal government for the data in the registry before it is scrapped. The vote also reaffirmed Toronto city council's long-standing support for the gun registry and ordered the city solicitor to look for ways to intervene to stop the deletion of data on the approximately 287,000 non-restricted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

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