Week in Review - 07 Jul 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 146: Last Episode for 30 Days, Marco in Trouble Again, Spin Docs Continue to Lie

For the latest information on what's been happening at the CCFR, check out our most recent Podcast with host Rod Giltaca.

In this episode: Last episode for 30 days, next episode in the first week of August. Marco can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Anti-gun docs can’t seem to make their case without lying. Firearm community news in this episode as well. All that and more this week!

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3D printed guns a growing concern: ALERT

They might be colourful, but they represent a growing concern with police

The guns, some with personalized or political messages are just a fraction of those seized when the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) raided seven homes across the province.

ALERT says the investigation started in Quebec with a company supplying metal components.

“The base design. This is essentially a Glock handgun,” said CPL. Gage Heathcote, a Firearms Enforcement Officer with National Weapons Enforcement Support Team.

“The driving behind it, is people are coming up with new designs every day. People are putting them up on the internet. So really it’s quite hard to keep up with it.”

Cpl. Heathcote says that unregistered, untraceable, and illegal guns can be made quickly and cheaply. He warns printing a 3D gun, even for just yourself can lead to a gun trafficking charge.

Not all of the firearms seized were 3D printed, some were conventionally made, but with 3D printed add-ons like suppressers.

“That can diminish the noise of the firearm. There are components that can transform semi-automatic legal firearms into fully automatic,” said Insp. Brad Lundeen, RCMP and ALERT.

The investigation isn’t over. What’s next is finding out where the guns made ended up.

Read more at CityNews Edmonton here

Alberta hiker fined $7,500 for shooting black bear in Jasper National Park

An Edmonton man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting and injuring a black bear in Jasper National Park last summer.

Serge Painchaud, 42, was fined $7,500 for violating a hunting restriction under the Canada National Parks Act.

According to an agreed statement of facts read into the Court of Justice in St. Albert, Painchaud and two friends started a hike on the Overlander Trail to Mount Colin Centennial Hut on Aug. 6, 2022, a Saturday.

Painchaud had brought along a Mossberg Model 510 20-gauge shotgun and ammunition. He carried the firearm openly.

At some point, Painchaud got tired and turned back alone.

Around 12:15 p.m., while on his way to the Sixth Bridge parking lot, he encountered a black bear and "became scared," according to the agreed statement of facts.

The animal was about 30 metres from him, across a small creek.

Painchaud fired a warning shot into the air. The bear shuddered and then took a few steps toward him.

About five seconds after the warning shot, Painchaud shot the bear.

One of his friends called him after hearing the shots and then contacted Parks Canada as Painchaud said cell service was poor in his area.

Jasper Park wardens found two shotgun shells at the scene, and blood from the bear.

"The black bear was injured from being shot by the defendant," the agreed statement of facts says. "The Jasper Park wardens were unable to locate the black bear after being shot."

Crown prosecutor Adam Karbani argued for a fine between $8,500 and $10,000, a two-year firearm prohibition, and 12 months of probation that included barring Painchaud from using a Parks Canada pass.

Karbani said there was a need for deterrence and denunciation and that Painchaud had knowingly brought a firearm into the park on a busy weekend.

"Firearms are not permitted in national parks unless they're being securely transported through the park," he said.

Karbani also noted there was not a lot of case authority in this area.

Defence lawyer Edmond O'Neill took the position that Painchaud should only be fined $4,500 — the minimum required under the legislation. He noted Painchaud had no criminal record or wildlife offences.

He also said Painchaud had saved the court's time through a guilty plea. A trial would have likely centred on whether he was in urgent peril and whether shooting the bear constituted a defence of necessity.

"This was a very triable case," O'Neill said.

Justice Rosanna Saccomani rejected the notion, raised by the defence, that Painchaud's stated fear of bears bore any weight.

"[That] would apply to pretty much every single person in your situation," she said. "We're all afraid of bears."

Saccomani questioned Painchaud on why he had not checked the national parks website for information about carrying a firearm.

"I honestly had no idea that a national park carried different laws than any other Crown land," Painchaud told court.

"I'd done this many times before, just going for a hike on Crown land."

Painchaud was ordered to pay the $7,500 within a year. Items seized during the investigation were forfeited.

Read at CBC News here

Toronto subway stabbing victim in stable condition, assailant at large: Police

A man in his 30s was stabbed Thursday afternoon in a Toronto subway car and his assailant, who’s still at large, is wanted for attempted murder.

video of the violent episode shows an altercation in the subway car between two men arguing that quickly escalates into a flurry of punches and kick, before one of the combatants turns away and runs with blood seeping through his white shirt.

The other man, wearing a grey hooded sweater, gives chase as passengers, who include the cameraman, flee frantically.

The video depicts a trail of blood on the subway car floor as a woman can be heard yelling, “He’s stabbing him! He’s killing him!” 

Shortly after, the train stops at Eglinton Station and the assailant, wearing a backpack and carrying another in his right hand, disembarks and walks away calmly.

The stabbing is the latest in a long line of violent attacks on the TTC over the past couple of years. 

Toronto’s mayor-elect Olivia Chow was asked by reporters how she could prevent incidents like this from happening again, but she appeared caught off guard. 

“For example, they have private security guards, they have looking at ways to have people support like, they talked about, social workers in TTC to support people that hav different issues,” Chow responded.

“I have not gone into details precisely how we could increase the safety in TTC, so it’s a bit too early to answer that question.”

Read more at True North here

The largest city in Canada can't protect people on their public transit system. Bystanders do nothing to intervene, even on a crowded subway. The reality is that you must be your own 'first responder' during a violent attack. The CCFR supports both self-defence and carrying of firearms as legislative goals.

Antique guns stolen from Winnipeg community museum

Two antique pistols were taken from a community museum in Winnipeg earlier this week, the Winnipeg Police Service said in a statement Saturday.

A pair of Rothe Kilkenny Flintlock duelling pistols valued at about $6,200 were stolen from Ross House Museum in North Point Douglas between June 25 and 28.

Police were alerted about a break and enter at the location Thursday.

The pistols are still functional, but they need a musket ball as ammunition in order to be fired. No ammunition was taken in connection with the theft, police said. 

Read more at CBC News here

The CCFR's Tracey Wilson spoke with Jason Lavigne on the latest episode of Yellowhead Yacht Club, discussing a variety of topics, including C-21, while also answering live chat questions from viewers.

In this clip, Tracey responds to a viewer asking what the difference is between the CCFR and the NRA in the United States.

Watch the clip here

Watch the full 'Firearm Rights' episode here

Three Men and a Youth Arrested In Drug and Firearms Investigation

The Toronto Police Service is making the public aware of an arrest made in a Drug and Firearm investigation.

It is alleged that:

  • on Saturday, July 1, 2023, police investigated four people for a drug investigation
  • the four were arrested

It is further alleged that the following was located and seized:

  • a fully loaded 9mm Taurus handgun with 11 rounds of ammunition in the magazine
  • a quantity of drugs

3 young men and 15 year old male were charged with various firearm and drug related charges including 'Possession of a Firearm Without Holding a Licence and Registration Certificate' and 'Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized'.

Read the full Toronto Police Service news release here

York Regional Police charge Barrie woman with alleged guns and drugs stash

A Barrie woman was charged with various weapons and drug offences Friday.

York Regional Police’s Guns, Gangs, and Drug Enforcement Unit laid 23 charges against the 33-year-old woman after a search of the white pickup truck she was sleeping in allegedly revealed a cache of guns and illegal drugs.

Police say an inventory of the truck turned up two loaded Glock handguns converted to fully automatic status, two high-capacity magazines, a third auto-switch that allows a semi-automatic firearm to be converted to a fully automatic, and a large quantity of cash.

Police also uncovered about 80 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 185 grams of fentanyl.

Search warrants were executed, and police say an additional controlled prescription medication held for the purpose of trafficking was found, as was approximately 28 grams of cocaine.

  •  Police charged the Barrie woman with the following:
  •  Possession of a loaded firearm x 2
  •  Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 2
  •  Possession of a prohibited device x 3
  •  Possession for the purpose of trafficking – various controlled substances
  •  Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Read more at CTV News Barrie here

Mississauga shooting sends 4 people to hospital, including 1 in critical condition

Four people are in hospital, including one in critical condition, after a shooting in Mississauga on Saturday evening.

Peel Regional Police said it happened outside an establishment at a commercial plaza on Queensway East, west of Dixie Road, shortly before 6:30 p.m.

When officers and paramedics arrived, they located three men suffering from gunshot wounds. They were transported to a trauma centre.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, Duty Insp. Nagtegaal said one of the victims remains in life-threatening condition while two others are in stable condition.

He added that a fourth victim with gunshot wounds made their way to a local hospital. Nagtegaal says that victim is in stable condition.

Police were able to obtain video evidence that led them to determine that vehicle involved in the shooting, a white 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck with licence plate BD85909, fled the area.

Nagtegaal said the vehicle was later located unoccupied in Caledon. "We are sending officers up to examine that vehicle."

Read more at CP24 here



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