Week in Review - 23 Feb 2024 Archive


Friday, February 23, 2024


CCFR Radio – Ep 160: SASK Gov’t Intervenes in CCFR Appeal, Hunters Rally Around the CCFR! (Latest Episode)

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In this episode: The Saskatchewan government intervenes in the CCFR’s lawsuit appeal. The Wild Sheep Society of BC shows up for the CCFR AGAIN! Wilson attends the SCI International Convention in Nashville, Despite Liberal gun control, Calgary breaks records for gun violence.

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Has your shooting club begun planning their National Range Day event?

This year's National Range Day is on June 1st. Now is the perfect time to engage your shooting club executive and encourage them to begin planning and seeking volunteers to host an event at your club.

You can find resources, logo files and fillable posters at NationalRangeDay.ca that are free to use for promoting your own event.

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Provincial police say hundreds of guns have been seized and hundreds of charges laid as a result of a cross border investigation involving U.S. Homeland Security.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced the results of the investigation, dubbed Project SAXOM, on Thursday morning, saying the forces seized a combined 274 illegal firearms on both sides of the border.

“Illegal firearms like these are used in violent crimes,” says OPP commissioner Thomas Carrique. “Such as robberies, carjackings, home invasions, intimidation, extortion and homicides.”

The OPP say the investigation began when their Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) and the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) started looking into two people who were trying to smuggle firearms into the GTA.

Of the illegal firearms seized, more than 100 were taken in Ontario making it the biggest gun bust in the history of the province.

Investigators executed 17 search warrants in the GTA and Niagara Region on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14., seizing the following items:

  • 88 illegal handguns
  • 18 long guns
  • 118 prohibited devices- including a silencer, a conducted energy weapon, 20 brass knuckles, 22 prohibited knives, 74 prohibited firearm magazines
  • Approximately 1,700 rounds of ammunition

A separate investigation in the U.S., dubbed Project DUAL APPROACH, saw 168 illegal guns intercepted before they could be smuggled into Ontario.

Continue reading at CityNews Kitchener

Video shows shooting in White Rock, B.C., that left 4 injured early Thursday

The White Rock RCMP says four people were seriously injured during a targeted shooting just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Police received reports of shots fired and a "vehicle collision" in the area of Roper Avenue and Lee Street.

"The suspect vehicle fled the scene and a vehicle fire was reported in Surrey shortly after, however, the investigation to determine whether the two events are linked is ongoing," Const. Chantal Sears said in a statement.

A vehicle of interest near the shooting site, which appears to be a black BMW X5, can be seen behind police investigation cones, with its hood nestled between large trees up against a wooden fence in front of a home. Evidence markers can be seen all over the pavement.

All four victims are in serious condition in hospital after receiving "immediate medical intervention" from Mounties.

The video appears to show one of the suspects firing a full-auto firearm at the victim's vehicle.

Watch at CTV News Vancouver

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Where we stand on self-defence with a firearm

We sometimes take heat online from some who say we don't talk enough about the use of firearms as a means for self-defence, or the societal benefits that come from having concealed carry, or 'castle' laws.

The truth is...not only have we covered these important topics extensively since our inception, we've made our positions publicly available to all Canadians. In fact, we're the only national firearms organization in Canada that does that.

We're also the only organization that submitted self-defence arguments in our federal court case.

Hear what Rod and Tracey had to say regarding self-defence in this clip from CCFR Radio Ep 159.

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A 39-year-old father of four from Ghana has been identified as the man killed in one of two seemingly random shootings in northwest Toronto over the weekend.

In a police update Tuesday, Det. Phillip Campbell said Adu Boakye and another unnamed 16-year-old boy were “shot indiscriminately” less than 24 hours apart while waiting for a bus in the area of Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue on Friday and Saturday.

“Our investigation thus far has revealed there is no relationship between Mr. Boakye and the individual, or individuals, who shot him,” Det. Phillip Campbell told reporters. “And like the victim shot the day before, Mr. Boakye was innocently going about his business [when he was shot].”

Police said said the 16-year-old victim, who was on his way to a volleyball game at the time of the Friday shooting, remains in hospital in critcial, but stable condition with potentially life-altering injuries.

In both cases, the victims were waiting outside of a bus stop in the area when an unknown suspect approached and fired shots at them.

Investigators have said they believe the shootings are connected. A suspected stolen vehicle used by the suspect, or suspects, in both incidents was later found abandoned in Hamilton, Campbell added. Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen a black Acura RDX in the area before or after the shootings to contact them.

Campbell reiterated the back-to-back shootings have “hallmarks of gang activity,” but could not speak to any potential motive behind the attacks. Campbell did say that “nothing” in their investigation so far points to any gang affiliation for either victim.

Supt. Andy Singh of 31 Division underscored that both victims were "completely and utterly innocent," which he said is a "big part of what has caused alarm in this community.”

Police set up a command post in the North York neighbourhood the day after the second shooting, as Chief Myron Demkiw pushed people in the community to be vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity.

At this point no arrests have been made, but police did release surveillance images of a suspect on Tuesday in an effort to identify him. He’s described by police as a Black male, between the ages of 18 and 25, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black coat, white hoodie, black pants, black shoes, a black face covering and possibly a white surgical mask.

Campbell said he is confident the suspect will be identified eventually and said tips from the community will be a key part of the investigation’s success.

Continue reading at CP24

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This episode features a back-to-back range day weekend in Meaford, Ont. at the East Grey Hunters and Anglers Association where 72 women were able to experience shooting firearms in a safe and inviting environment. Special guest Tracey Wilson of the CCFR was also in attendance!

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RCMP seize 3D printed guns in Quesnel, B.C.

A search warrant led to the seizure of manufactured firearms and firearm parts.

On February 15, 2024 at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Quesnel Crime Reduction Unit in partnership with the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) conducted a search warrant in the 4000 block of Ten Mile Lake Road. The search warrant was the result of an investigation into the manufacturing of firearms and firearm parts utilizing 3D printers. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of manufactured firearms and firearm parts, 3D printers and other accessories used in the manufacturing of firearms.

A 26-year-old man was arrested and has since been released pending further investigation. The results of the investigation will be sent to the BC Prosecution Service for assessment of appropriate charges.

"It is illegal to manufacture firearms and to possess or access computer data that can be used with a 3D printer to manufacture firearms," says Sgt. Clay Kronebusch. "These manufactured firearms have the potential to pose a great risk to the public and police."

Continue reading at RCMP Website

Toronto police have arrested four people, three men and a woman, after they allegedly tossed firearms off a Liberty Village apartment balcony when police arrived to investigate a gun call.

Police say they received information on Saturday, February 17, that four people inside an apartment in the East Liberty Street and Strachan Avenue area were handling a gun.

When officers arrived, investigators say one suspect fled the apartment by jumping onto a neighbouring balcony, tossing a gun in the process.

The suspect then allegedly entered the neighbouring apartment.

The other three are accused of tossing more items from the balcony, and police say a second gun was among the items recovered.

The next day, police executed a search warrant in the East Liberty Street and Strachan Avenue area, allegedly seizing ammunition and drugs.

All 4 were charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm among numerous other drug and gun charges.

Continue reading at CityNews Toronto

Continue reading at CBC News

Search Warrants in Peel Region Result in Seizure of Firearms and Drugs

The collaboration between the Peel Regional Police Strategic Tactical Enforcement Policing Team (STEP) and the 22 Division Community Intervention and Response Team (CIRT) has resulted in the arrest of two individuals on multiple counts of firearm and drug-related offences.

The Peel Regional Police STEP Team commenced a lengthy investigation concerning ongoing drug and firearm offences within the Region of Peel. On February 20, 2024, multiple search warrants resulted in the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of two loaded firearms, ammunition, Fentanyl, Cocaine, and other Opioids.

A man from Brampton, Lamar Boreland, was charged with the following offences;

  • Two counts of knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Two counts of careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Four counts of possession of firearm contrary to release order
  • Four counts of drug-related offences for the purpose of trafficking

A Female from Toronto, Lanique Brown, was charged with the following offences;

  • Two counts of knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Two counts of careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
  • Three counts of drug-related offences for the purpose of trafficking

Both parties were held for bail hearings; Lamar Boreland was out of custody on other release orders.

Continue reading at PeelPolice.ca

Police investigating fatal shooting in Montreal's Little Italy

Montreal police are investigating in the city's Little Italy neighbourhood after a 28-year-old man was shot and killed overnight last Friday.

The Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) received calls about gunshots near the corner of Bellechasse and St-Denis streets just after midnight Saturday.

A SPVM spokesperson said officers found the victim close to the intersection with gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Const. Sabrina Gauthier said someone in a vehicle opened fire on the victim as he left a nearby building.

Major crimes and forensics investigators were on the scene.

The death marks the sixth homicide of the year on the island of Montreal.

Continue reading at CBC News

Burlington investigation leads to seizure of guns and drugs: Halton police

Halton police say a Burlington drug investigation has resulted in multiple arrests as well as the seizure of several guns and more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Const. Ryan Anderson said the investigation, which began in November and was dubbed Project Oyster, culminated Feb. 15 with the Burlington street crime unit executing warrants at addresses in Burlington, Hamilton, Beamsville and Grimsby with the assistance of other Halton police units, Hamilton police and the Ontario Provincial Police.

As a result, police seized more than five kilograms of cocaine and three loaded handguns that had their serial numbers removed.

Officers say the three handguns were found inside custom-built compartments hidden in three vehicles that were also seized.

3 men were arrested and charged with various gun and drug charges including unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Continue reading at InsideHalton.com

Football, ice hockey ... shooting? Finland hopes hobby will boost national defence

Finland plans to open more than 300 new shooting ranges to encourage more citizens to take up the hobby in the interest of national defence.

It is hoped that shooting in the Nordic country – which last year became Nato’s newest member and which shares a 830-mile (1,330km) border with Russia – could become as popular as football or ice hockey.

There are about 670 shooting ranges in Finland, down from about 2,000 at the turn of the century. By 2030, the government plans to increase the number to about 1,000.

Jukka Kopra, a National Coalition party MP and the chair of Finland’s defence committee, told the Guardian: “The present government aims to increase the amount of shooting ranges in Finland from roughly 600-700 up to 1,000. This is because of our defence model, which benefits from people having and developing their shooting skills on their own.”

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the popularity of voluntary training courses aimed at teaching reservists and civilians how to defend Finland has doubled. There has also been a big increase in the number of Finns applying for gun licences.

Last year the Finnish defence training and education association MPK put on 116,000 training days, a significant increase on previous years when there were usually about 50,000.

MPK’s executive director, Antti Lehtisalo, said enthusiasm among Finnish people to defend their country was strong. “We have a very high will to defend the country.”

He said that after completing the courses, participants needed to practise their new skills on shooting ranges.

“One part of this training and education is of course education in shooting because people want to be part of this comprehensive security, so they’re coming to our courses and after that we need more shooting ranges.”

Lehtisalo said shooting was only permitted on ranges, and civilians were given thorough safety training.

The defence ministry said it planned to “safeguard the activities of Finland’s shooting ranges and promote the establishment of new shooting ranges”.

A spokesperson added: “The environmental permit processes and legislation concerning shooting ranges will be streamlined. The target for the number of outdoor shooting ranges will be about 1,000 by the end of the decade. The focus will be on establishing a sufficient number of rifle and tactical ranges throughout the country.”

Continue reading at The Guardian


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