Week in Review - 09 Feb 2024 Archive

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Friday, February 9, 2024


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The Government of Saskatchewan is applying to intervene in legal challenges to the federal firearms ban currently before the Federal Court of Appeal.

The original challenges were heard in Ottawa in April, 2023, by the Federal Court of Canada, which dismissed them on October 30 (Parker v Canada (Attorney General). In November, four of the applicants, including the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, filed appeals.

"We believe in the merits of this case on administrative and constitutional grounds," Justice Minister and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre announced at a Saskatoon Wildlife Federation dinner on Friday. "The federal ban already includes up to 1,800 'variants,' will cost billions of dollars, and directly conflicts with sections of the Criminal Code which state that firearms that can reasonably be used for hunting or sporting purposes cannot be banned.”

“Saskatchewan is firm in its opposition to the federal firearms ban, which unfairly targets law-abiding firearms owners and will have little impact on firearms-related crime,” Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Paul Merriman said. “We believe in taking tangible action, such as the measures included in The Saskatchewan Firearms Act and our ongoing investment in the Saskatchewan Firearms Office, to increase responsible firearms safety in our province.”

Continue reading at Saskatchewan.ca

Gun-wielding men forcefully entered Dundas home, stole two luxury cars; family traumatized

Members of a Hamilton, Ont. family are still recovering after a horrific home invasion this weekend that saw armed men holding guns to their heads in the middle of the night.

Hamilton police are searching for the gunmen while officials across Canada try to come to terms with the wave of auto thefts behind home invasions like this.

The family described a terrifying scene in this home invasion. No one was badly hurt physically but the trauma could stay with them for a long time.

People on the quiet street of Hopkins Court in Dundas are shaken by what happened here in their neighbourhood early Saturday.

“We were asleep obviously and we heard a bang. So when we found out what happened the next day we assume what we heard was the door being kicked in,” the family said.

The family at the centre of this home invasion didn’t want to go on camera, but told CHCH News that at about 4:30 Saturday morning, their security camera caught a pickup truck driving by the house six times.

The pickup stopped and four men with guns broke into the house. They did something to the family dog and took it out of action. The family isn’t sure what.

The thieves then held guns to the heads of the two adult children who were home and tied them up.

Then they trashed the upstairs looking for things to steal and made off with a high-end Audi Q5 S.U.V. and a Porsche 992 costing well over $100,000.

Inspector Frank Miscione with Hamilton police says the family was certainly targeted for their vehicles.

“We know that the suspects came up and they were dressed identically. They were wearing dark clothing, dark hoodies, matching gloves and balaclavas. We have a description of early to mid 20s, four black males, that arrived in a dark-colored dodge ram pickup truck,” Miscione said.

Hamilton Police released security camera footage on Monday, and are asking for tips and help from the public in their investigation.

Continue reading at CHCH

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Proportion of 2023 gun-related homicides highest in Calgary’s history

Calgary Police say of all the homicides that happened in 2023, 57% were caused by shootings. The proportional figure is the highest in the city’s history, according to a report to the Calgary Police Commission, with 2022 not much different at 56 per cent.

There were 21 homicides in Calgary in 2023, and 12 were the result of shootings. Calgary police chief Mark Neufeld calls it a “big problem.”

Police say there are two concerning trends surrounding gun violence in Calgary: an increase in break-and-enters resulting in the theft of firearms, and a large jump in smuggled firearms.

Between 2021 and 2023, Calgary police say they saw a 213% increase in smuggled firearms, a trend they expect will continue.

Mount Royal University criminologist Doug King says a majority of firearms-related offences involve the use of illegal firearms, and the federal government needs to step up more to control the flow of illegal firearms coming into the country.

“Most of them are coming in from the United States but many of them are also coming in through the ports of Vancouver and the port of Montreal,” he told CityNews.

“About 20 years ago the federal [Liberal] government dissolved the port police, and the result of that was in essence the ports are now having to struggle with organized crime bringing stuff in.”

King says the volume of illegal firearms entering the country is the highest it’s ever been.

That’s why he says communities across Canada are seeing a rise in gun violence, not just in Calgary, citing a recent report from Statistics Canada.

“Calgary was kind of a moderate increase of five per cent. Edmonton was an increase of 25 per cent and Toronto was over 20 per cent. So this is not a Calgary unique situation,” King said.

In an effort to combat gun crime, the federal government’s Bill C-21 came into effect near the end of 2023. King says there are some potential positives with the legislation including more money for Canada Border Services and more intelligence liaisons with the United States.

But there are other aspects of the bill that he doesn’t think will make much of a difference, like the buy-back program which targets licenced gun owners.

“That will not do anything to solve the firearms problems in Canada. Sure there may be one or two instances where it may resolve something. but we are talking illegal firearms, ” King said.

King says local police forces are doing their best to try to combat gun violence in their communities and it’s important to give credit when credit is due. But he reiterated fixing the problem ultimately rests with the federal government.

Continue reading at CityNews Calgary

A young Cree man from Wemindji, Que., may be one of the youngest firearms-safety instructors to teach in Eeyou Istchee — and Michael Mark hopes the experience will help him reach his goal of becoming a police officer.

Mark, 23, recently taught a group of 28 people a firearms safety course, offered under the RCMP.

"I always wanted to be a teacher my entire life, always wanted to interact with people. I've always wanted to help people out," said Mark.

It was Mark's first course as an instructor, and he plans to keep teaching. It's one of the ways Mark wants to help people be safe when they are out on the land and hunting.

"Whenever we do leave our firearms around our children or any family member we need to know the safety precautions to make sure that everybody else is safe," said Mark, a father of two sons.

The training course is a one-day, seven-hour session aimed at helping people obtain their firearms licence. People learn how to use firearms, toggle safety switches and learn about loading the right ammunition and cartridges.

"You always have to assume that it's loaded. Take the proper steps into making sure that your firearm is safe for when you put it away, transport or take it to the gunsmith for fixing up," said Mark.

Mark is one of the few Cree people who are qualified to teach firearms safety in Eeyou Istchee.

For his first course as instructor, he had some help. George Norman Natawapineskum is Cree from Chisasibi, Que., and was the head instructor of the course. Natawapineskum is also a member of the Cree Trappers Association (CTA).

Continue reading at CBC News

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Postmedia political columnist Lorne Gunter says that federal government will target legal gun owners because “gun violence” crime has increased in the past few years.

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Cambridge man faces charges in 3D-printed firearms investigation

A 32-year-old Cambridge man faces several charges after police carried out a warrant as part of a 3D-printed firearms investigation.

The Waterloo regional police drugs and firearms unit completed the warrant at a home on Monday. The police service says officers found several 3D-printed handgun receivers and other handgun parts, as well as prohibited devices and a prohibited weapon.

Officers also seized computer data related to the 3D-printed firearms.

The man will appear in court in March.

Continue reading at CBC News

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has charged a Parkland County, Alberta resident following a four-month firearm trafficking investigation.

On Saturday, March 12, 2022, a shooting with multiple firearms took place at Ertale Lounge. Sadly, eight individuals were struck by bullets and one person died as a result.

In June 2022, 31-year-old Russell Lawrence Streeter reported a break and enter to Parkland RCMP, during which several of his registered (restricted) firearms were allegedly stolen.

In May 2023, the EPS Gang Suppression Team (GST) was conducting an unrelated criminal investigation when a defaced firearm that was once registered to Streeterwas recovered from an individual involved in organized crime. Recovery of this firearm furthered investigator’s suspicions that Streeter was operating as a “straw buyer”; a term used to describe someone who uses a legitimate Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) to purchase guns legally, and then sell them illegally.

In October 2023, the EPS Firearm Investigation Unit (FIU) initiated an investigation into firearms trafficking by Streeterand using the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS), which allows EPS to perform ballistic analysis on seized firearms, they received confirmation that the defaced handgun once registered to him had been used in the March 2022 Ertale Lounge shooting and murder.

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, FIU officers, assisted by Parkland County RCMP, conducted a search warrant at Streeter’s residence and recovered additional evidence to support that he was trafficking firearms. A photo of the firearm that was recovered and used in the shooting is included below.

The result of the shooting that followed this illegal firearm sale has been devastating for so many people and continues to underscore the need to diligently investigate and charge individuals involved in firearms trafficking,” says Acting Inspector Eric Stewart with the Organized Crime Branch.

“Thanks to the hard work of officers on multiple teams, including the Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU), the Firearms Examination Unit (FEU) and the Gang Suppression Team (GST), we were able to successfully hold someone accountable in this case.”

Russell Lawrence Streeter was subsequently arrested and charged with five counts of firearms trafficking and one count of making a false statement to police.

Continue reading at EdmontonPolice.ca

Continue reading at CTV News Windsor

Police bust alleged 3D printed gun-making operation in Prince George

British Columbia’s provincial gang unit says it has arrested one man and broken up an apparent 3D-printed gun-making operation in Prince George.

In a Wednesday media release, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) said it raided a home in the northern B.C. city on Monday.

Officers seized a 3D printer, a loaded and assembled 3D-printed gun, 3D-printed frames, slides and magazines.

Police also seized a rifle with its serial number removed and a variety of illegal gun parts including silencers and extended magazines.

The operation also netted allegedly counterfeit U.S. cash.

A man was arrested and released pending further investigation, police said.

In October, the RCMP told the Canadian Press it did not have a database on 3D guns, printers or how many shootings have been recorded using the weapons.

In the United States, the Justice Department has told the Supreme Court that local law enforcement agencies seized more than 19,000 ghost guns at crime scenes in 2021.

Continue reading at Global News

Burlington Man Charged With Firearm Offences

Region of Peel – Officers from the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau have charged an 18-year-old man from Burlington with firearm-related offences.

On February 3, 2024, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Peel Police responded to a disturbance in the area of Destination Drive and Dubonet Drive in Mississauga. The suspect had left the area upon police arrival; however, he was located a short time later and arrested with the assistance of Halton police. As a result of the investigation, a loaded compact Glock 43 9mm handgun was seized with nine rounds of ammunition.

Ahmad Farooq, an 18-year-old man from Burlington, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Utter Threat to Damage Property
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  • Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm
  • Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition for a Dangerous Purpose

He was held for a bail hearing and will attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.

Continue reading at PeelPolice.ca

15-year-old boy charged with manslaughter after shooting in Moncton

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a homicide investigation in Moncton according to the RCMP.

The charge is in relation to the shooting of a 16-year-old boy in a residence in the city on Monday.

The youth has since died in hospital as a result of his injuries.

The RCMP release did not specify the hometown of either of the boys.

The charged youth has been remanded into custody and will be back in court on Wednesday.

Continue reading at CBC News

18-year-old dead after reported shooting in Toronto's Bloordale Village

Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man from Mississauga after a reported shooting in Toronto’s Bloordale Village.

The Toronto Police Service said it received a report of a shooting in the area of Lansdowne Avenue and Bloor Street West just before 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Investigators said the victim was located with trauma to his body. Life-saving measures were performed and the man was transported to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

On Wednesday, police identified the victim as 18-year-old Issaïh Jünger. Investigators also released his image.

Continue reading at CTV News Toronto

Man, 42, fatally shot in parking lot in Montreal's West Island

Police are investigating after a man was gunned down Tuesday in the parking lot of a shopping plaza in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, in Montreal's West Island.

Montreal police (SPVM) say they received several 911 calls shortly before 6 p.m. and responded to the Galeries des Sources near the corner of des Sources and Brunswick boulevards.

When police and paramedics arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A source confirmed to CTV News that the victim is 42-year-old Stevens Cantave.

The man's body was on the ground in the parking lot outside several nearby businesses that include a Guzzo cinema, a gym and several restaurants.

According to Jeanne Drouin, a police spokesperson, investigators were told that the man was hit by gunfire as he was in a vehicle in the parking lot.

The suspect or suspects fled the scene before police arrived.

The investigation is ongoing.

Continue reading at CTV News Montreal

1 arrested, 2 at large in gunpoint robbery of firearms in Prince George, B.C.

Mounties are searching for two more suspects in a gunpoint robbery in Prince George, B.C., in which firearms were stolen from a gas station.

According to RCMP, two masked suspects entered the shop on the John Hart Highway near Chief Lake Road just before 7 a.m. on Feb. 2.

After threatening the attendant with a gun, they smashed a gun case and stole several firearms.

The suspects fled into a blue pickup truck, where a third suspect was waiting, police said.

Investigators confirmed the getaway vehicle had been stolen from a nearby residence earlier that morning and found it unoccupied shortly after the robbery.

While patrolling the area, officers found a man matching the description of one of the suspects at a bus stop. He had a shotgun.

“Police identified him as 41-year-old Brandon Michael Felix, who at the time, was bound two different lifetime firearms prohibitions,” Cpl. Jennifer Cooper said in a Tuesday news release.

Police have seized the blue pickup truck as evidence and are seeking public assistance in locating the other two suspects.

One is described as a man wearing a light-coloured grey jacket with no hood and a black balaclava hiding his nose and mouth. He also wore black gloves, dark pants and a dark shirt with red and white print on the front.

The other suspect still at large wasn’t captured in video surveillance.

Felix, meanwhile, remains in custody awaiting a court date.

Continue reading at Global News

Man found shot in lobby of building in Liberty Village: police

A man is in hospital following a shooting at a condo building in Liberty Village Thursday night.

Toronto police Const. Victor Kwong said police received a call for a shooting at the building on Ordnance Street, in the area of Strachan Avenue and Wellington Street West, shortly before 5 p.m.

When officers arrived, they located a male victim in the lobby with apparent gunshot wounds, Kwong said. He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Continue reading at CP24

Continue reading at CTV News Vancouver

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