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Sources of firearms used in crime in Canada

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:30 pm
by Canada Gun Club
Accurate data on the sources of crime guns in Canada is not publicly available from federal agencies. Anti-gun proponents suggest that criminals source their guns through theft from licenced firearm owners. They make this claim often to support their argument that firearms should not be stored or located in residential locations.

Evidence from media reports and quotes of law enforcement officials to media often suggest a much different picture. Many firearms recovered from crime scenes and seized by law enforcement are classified as prohibited in Canada. Magazines seized by police from criminals usually show no signs of ever having been pinned to meet Canadian magazine restriction requirements.

Evidence suggests that the bulk of illegal firearms used by criminals in Canada are sourced through smuggling operations opposed to theft from licenced Canadian firearms owners.

Hamilton Police Chief Eric Girt: "The bulk of the guns that make their way into this community in Hamilton are largely from Ohio,"

NWEST – National Weapons Enforcement Support Team: "94% of the firearms seized in Vancouver in 2002 originated in Washington State"
NOTE: Vancouver Police has recently deleted this page from their website however the Internet Archive of it can be viewed here:

Re: Sources of firearms used in crime

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:44 pm
by Canada Gun Club
"Illegal entry at the border: the male suspect had in his possession a bag containing 24 handguns of various calibers"