CCFR Radio – Ep 146: Last Episode for 30 Days, Marco in Trouble Again, Spin Docs Continue to Lie (Latest Episode)
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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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New police gun lab expected to cut violent-crime investigation times
The provincial government is paying $5.2 million for Winnipeg police to build a new gun laboratory meant to serve all law enforcement agencies in Manitoba.
The new facility, which will expand from the city police service’s firearms investigation and analysis section that was established about five years ago, is meant to more quickly examine and process guns and evidence linked to firearms crimes — an in-depth process, officials said.
Currently, Winnipeg police firearms examiners are able to process guns within a few days, but the new lab is expected to be able to turn around a firearm in a few hours.
Meantime, other police agencies in the province, including Brandon’s and the RCMP, send seized firearms off to the national Mountie laboratory in Ottawa for analysis — a process that can take up to a year, Winnipeg Police Service organized crime Insp. Elton Hall told reporters at a news conference Thursday.
The money will be used to build a new gun range meant to test seized guns, purchase some new equipment and hire and pay more staff, including two or three highly specialized firearm examiners. The work includes ballistics testing and imaging, as well as forensic analysis meant to trace and link guns to crimes. The facility at the downtown WPS headquarters will also be used to archive seized guns.
The lab, officials said, will improve co-ordination on firearms investigations between different law enforcement agencies in the province.
City of Burnaby to pursue innovative solutions to combat gang and gun violence
The City of Burnaby will utilize nearly $3 million in federal funding to launch a comprehensive suite of programs and research initiatives to enhance community safety and help prevent the proliferation of gangs and guns in our community.
Earlier this year, the federal government committed up to $2.96 million Building Safer Communities Fund to support qualifying community safety initiatives. The City has submitted its plan and has now received confirmation of funding approval to support six community partner agency programs, three City-led programs, and four research projects in partnership with Simon Fraser University.
“To ensure the continued safety of our community, we must pursue innovative solutions to combat gang and gun violence, and we’re pleased to see the federal government shares our priority,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “Our approach involves a full-scale review of our current programs, as well as the development of new community initiatives which will help keep young people away from gangs, ensuring the safety of all Burnaby residents and preventing the proliferation of gangs and guns in our city.”
The suite of programs funded through the Building Safer Communities grant includes:
"I am thrilled about the significant impact the federal funding will have on our community,” said Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour. “This investment demonstrates our commitment to keeping our communities safe and ensuring a brighter future for our youth. Together, we will create a safer Burnaby and prevent the devastating impacts of violence.”
Additionally, the federal funding will allow the City to benefit from the research capacity at Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology to undertake a series of research projects to better understand the factors influencing gang and gun violence in our community:
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Suspect arrested in Leslieville shooting that killed mother of 2 had extensive criminal history
A man arrested Thursday in an east-end shooting last week that killed an innocent bystander had an extensive criminal history, court documents show.
Toronto police say 32-year-old Damian Hudson has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting that resulted in the death of Karolina Huebner-Makurat.
The 44-year-old wife and mother of two was walking in the area of Queen Street East and Carlaw Avenue to pick up lunch when gunshots rang out just before 12:30 p.m. on July 7 when she was struck by a stray bullet. She was taken to a nearby trauma centre where she was later pronounced dead.
Police say there was a physical altercation between three men in the area and two of them pulled out handguns and began shooting at each other.
Investigators continue to identify and search for two other suspects.
The second suspect is described as male, 18-25 years old, average height with a slim build and long hair in a ponytail. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, a black North Face hoodie, dark-coloured jeans and white shoes.
The third suspect is described as male, 18-25 years old, tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, dark pants and dark shoes.
Police confirm to CityNews that Hudson was out on bail at the time of the shooting and had a lifetime ban from possessing or owning a firearm.
Court documents show Hudson was convicted of aggravated assault and weapons dangerous for the April 2018 stabbing of Narooshan Jude. At that time he was sentenced to 15 months in jail and two years’ probation with a number of conditions including no possession of weapons.
In the 2018 case, Justice Feldman describes Hudson as “a repeat offender” while expressing concerns that his response to community supervision “has been poor.”
“It is aggravating that at the time of these offences, he was on two probation orders. It is disturbing that he was subject to two Weapons Prohibition Orders, the latter in 2011 for life,” Feldman wrote.
Nevertheless, despite the challenges and legal difficulties that Hudson has faced going back to when he was a youth in 2007, Justice Feldman acknowledged Hudson’s efforts to better himself and “grapple with his demons.”
“I believe he has the potential to reform with professional help and family support.”
Hudson was also charged in 2021 with assault causing bodily harm and failing to comply with a probation order issued in 2019. He was also charged with two counts of assault in March of 2022 and with failing to comply with the same probation order.
Several area residents were shocked but not surprised to learn about the suspects criminal history.
Guelph police concerned with increase in illegal firearms
While it used to be uncommon for Guelph police to come across illegal firearms in the community, that’s no longer the case.
“Recently, there have been concerning numbers of firearm related criminal offences occurring in our city,” Guelph police said in a press release. “This disturbing trend has been observed in a number of recent investigations.”
During one such investigation on May 25, two loaded handguns and a large quantity of ammunition were found as part of a drug trafficking investigation.
After searching a warehouse property and residence on June 1 in another drug trafficking investigation, police also found two rifles and several real and replica firearms.
Police also found a loaded Glock 9mm handgun in the waistband of a 20-year-old man they arrested on July 5.
Police chief Gord Cobey said in the press release this trend increases the safety risk for both citizens and police officers.
“We will continue to work to identify and disrupt the activities of those involved in these illegal activities,” he said.
Gang taskforce warns public on 'dangers' of home-made firearms
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. is taking steps to educate the public on the danger of privately-made firearms, especially 3D printed guns.
B.C.’s gang taskforce (CFSEU-BC) said the use of those firearms, often referred to as “ghost guns,” has been growing globally. While B.C. has not seen the same increases observed in other parts of the world as yet, it is a trend that the police are vigilantly monitoring.
The CFSEU-BC stated ghost guns are untraceable and unregulated, providing an opportunity for criminal networks to create new avenues for firearm trafficking.
The police force added the guns may look like toys, but can be fully functioning weapons.
No one can print a fully functioning ghost gun in one use of a 3D printer. Instead, the components need to be printed individually then assembled, and then missing conversion kit pieces that appear harmless on their own and can be purchased in stores or online, need to be added to the home-made portion to make a functioning firearm.
In light of the simplicity of making a ghost gun, the gang taskforce is advising people monitor the use of 3D printers at home, at school and at businesses to ensure they are not used by anyone, but especially children and youth, to manufacture weapons.
The CFSEU-BC advises people mitigate the potential risk of having their 3D printer used to make a ghost gun by knowing what you, your children, students or employees are printing; being aware that blueprints are available online but are clearly identifiable as firearms plans; and not producing 3D printed parts for other people.
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‘Guns and gangs’: Alberta First Nation gets federal cash for gang suppression
A southern Alberta First Nation is to receive funding to help deal with a sharp increase in crime and develop anti-gang programming.
Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino joined Chief Roy Whitney from the Tsuut’ina Nation on Tuesday to announce more than $1 million in funding from the Building Safer Communities Fund.
The sprawling reserve on the edge of Calgary has seen an explosion in construction, including shopping centres and restaurants, as well as an additional 35,000 vehicles a day on its roads.
“One of those challenges is living beside a population of 1.4 million people. With a population that large, there comes crime,” said Whitney.
“Unfortunately with that, crime comes to our small community, which includes guns and gangs. With this funding, the Tsuut’ina police can take new initiatives, such as gun control and gang prevention.”
Whitney said the police service has been underfunded, despite additional support from the band itself. But it has had to only focus on responding to calls and not working to prevent young people from taking the wrong path, he said.
Police Chief Keith Blake said the severity of the crime has not increased, but the volume has.
“We’re seeing about three times the amount of calls for service in the last three months that weren’t like that the three months previously.”
He said there needs to be a full analysis of the root problems and what kind of approach is needed.
“The three years of funding will help us understand the analytics of what we’re seeing,” Blake said.
“It will help us understand what prevention opportunities are there, what programming can occur, as well as how we can steer people who may be going toward that path of crime away from it.”
'Proactive work, quick action': Multiple firearms seized, multiple individuals arrested in Calgary
Calgary police say their violent crime suppression team has seized several firearms and arrested several men in a two-week period.
One of the men was arrested July 6 while officers were doing a walkthrough of a restaurant in SW Calgary.
According to police, a man inside the restaurant was in breach of release conditions and in the process of taking him into custody it was discovered he had a loaded 9mm handgun in his bag.
Both Khat Reat, 26, of Calgary, faces the following charges:
Three more men were taken into custody July 15 during a traffic stop in the 800 block of 9 Avenue S.W.
According to police, officers spotted a suspect from an earlier incident inside a vehicle, pulled the vehicle over and arrested everyone inside, three of whom were in possession of loaded Glock handguns.
Harliv Cheema, 18, of Calgary, faces the following charges:
Brian Adams, 29, of Calgary, faces the following charges:
Ethan Michael Phan, 22, of Calgary, faces the following charges:
During the July 6 incident, police say they also arrested a second individual on drug charges and 22 outstanding warrants, some of which related to firearms offences.
Goaner Tut, 18, of Calgary, faces the following new charges:
His existing warrants included:
Police say addressing gun violence in Calgary remains a priority.
"It is very concerning that we found these offenders in possession of loaded firearms while out in busy public areas," said Staff Sgt. Mike Lalande of the Calgary police organized crime and offender management section.
"Thanks to proactive work and quick action from our patrol and VCST officers, we were able to seize these firearms and likely prevent further violence."
Fake shooting report a possible ‘swatting’ case: Hamilton police
Hamilton police are investigating an incident in which they were falsely called to a house near Highview Park on the east Mountain for a shooting, leading to a significant police presence in the neighbourhood Monday night.
A male called 911 just after 9:30 p.m. to report that his dad may have just shot his mom and that he was locked in his room at a house on Rendell Boulevard, said Const. Indy Bharaj. The caller told dispatch that his sister had been shot by his father and that he could hear gunshots. He also said his father owned guns in the home.
Police immediately responded to the area, setting up perimeters and staged Hamilton paramedics in a safe location.
An investigation by detectives revealed the number used to call 911 was computer-generated VoIP (voice over internet protocol) number, Bharaj said. Officer made contact with the residents of the home and found no evidence of any shooting and no victims.
Police believe it was a case of swatting, in which someone reports a serious crime in order to send police — often tactical officers — to a targeted location.
Several guns stolen from Petawawa, Ont. home, OPP say
Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a break-and-enter in Petawawa over the weekend that led to several guns being stolen.
Police began the investigation Sunday. A home on Briarwood Drive was broken into sometime between Friday and Sunday.
The suspects took several things from the home, most notably an undisclosed number of firearms, OPP said.
If anyone has any information that may assist the investigation, they should contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 1-888-310-1122 (or 911 in an emergency) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at valleytips.ca.
55 robberies, 17 with guns in the past 31 days in Mississauga and Brampton
Mississauga and Brampton have seen an average of two robberies per day in the last 31 days.
From Jun. 15 to Jul. 16 (2023), Peel Regional Police data indicates that there were a combined 55 robberies reported across both cities — 25 in Mississauga and 30 in Brampton.
17 of the robberies were carried out with guns, 17 with other weapons, and 21 were listed simply as “other” by police.
As of today (Jul. 16), 21 of these incidents are considered solved, while the other 34 are still being investigated.
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