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Increased supports needed to address gun violence and illegal firearms in Canada

Ottawa, ON — The National Police Federation today released its inaugural position statement on the current state of gun violence in Canada, (download pdf)  which supports a fact-based approach to protecting and advancing public safety and gun violence prevention.

Canada prides itself as a non-violent, safe and inclusive country. Yet illegal guns and shootings are on the rise, as is the annual rate of increase of gun violence, resulting in tragic loss of life and injuries to innocent Canadians.

Although we share a border with the world’s largest manufacturer of small arms, 2,242 illegal guns used in crimes here in Canada last year were traced back to manufacturers in the United States. In fact, three of the four firearms used in the tragic mass shooting in Portapique, Nova Scotia, in April 2020, were obtained illegally in the United States.

“The NPF takes this issue very seriously because, as police officers, we routinely see first-hand how illegal weapons are directly linked to increased gun violence and, sadly, death,” said Brian Sauvé, President, National Police Federation. “Our recommendations call for a combination of better legislation, better funding, and evidence-based solutions that we believe are necessary to curtailing the proliferation of illegal guns in Canada.”

Statistics Canada data reveals that Canada reported 678 homicides in 2019, and that 261 (38 per cent) of them were gun-related fatal shootings. Of those 261 homicides, over 60 per cent were committed with a handgun, as opposed to a rifle. Furthermore, homicides, including shootings, have been gradually increasing in Canada, and homicides linked to organized crime or gangs, in particular, have risen by 10 per cent since 2015. The firearms being used the majority of these instances are either already prohibited or restricted in Canada, illustrating the issue of the complexity of illegal firearms usage.

NPF’s Call to Action

  • NPF calls for legislation that effectively addresses crime reduction, gang diversion, safe communities, secure borders, Canadian enforcement agency integration, and cross-border safety of the public and all police officers.
  • NPF calls for funding to the RCMP Border Integrity Program, to enable dedicated proactive RCMP investigative weapons enforcement activity and the dismantling of gang and organized crime firearms smuggling.
  • NPF calls for funding that enables law enforcement to properly address crime prevention rather than the ongoing monitoring of unrelated restrictions on licensed and regulated firearms owners.
  • NPF supports evidence-based policy changes regarding licensing, mandatory safety training, safe storage, and a registry of civilian firearms that live up to Canada’s high standard for legal firearm ownership.

Infographic: Gun Violence and Public Safety in Canada

About the National Police Federation:

The National Police Federation (NPF) was certified to represent ~20,000 RCMP front-line Members serving across Canada and internationally in the summer of 2019, and its elected national Board of Directors confirmed in early 2020. The NPF is the largest police labour relations organization in Canada; the second largest in North America and is the first independent national association to represent RCMP members.

The NPF is focused on improving public safety in Canada by negotiating the first-ever Collective Agreement for RCMP officers, and on increasing resources, equipment, training and other supports for our Members who have been under-funded for far too long. Better resourcing and supports for the RCMP will enhance community safety and livability in the communities we serve, large and small, across Canada.

For more information:  https://npf-fpn.com/

Media contact:
Fabrice de Dongo
Manager, Media Relations
National Police Federation
T:  647-274-7118




CBC – May 04 2020

On Monday May 04 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair held a news conference in which they announce the prohibition of certain firearms and provided what they felt was justification.

“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time,Trudeau said. “There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.”

“You don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer,” he said.


Yukon News – November 28 2020

Yukon Environment Minister Pauline Frost (L) announced that they will be purchasing 20 semi-automatic AR-10 rifles, that are prohibited by Prime Minister Trudeau’s OIC, to outfit the Yukon Conservation Officer. Both levels of government are Liberal, and Larry Bagnell (MP) supported the OIC.

(NB: the Canadian Criminal Code provides exceptions for police and peace officers, int the performance of their duties to in relation to firearm prohibition)

“MLA Stacey Hassard (Yukon Party) … On the one hand, you have the prime minister and Yukon’s Liberal Member of Parliament saying that these types of guns have no use in Canada and they’re only meant for killing people. On the other hand, you have the Yukon Liberal government purchasing 20 of these AR rifles saying that they’re necessary to deal with human-wildlife conflict,” Hassard said.”

“Diana Dryburgh-Moraal, a Yukon government analyst … Yukon Conservation Officers tested various rifles and reviews indicated the semi-automatic patrol rifle is easy to carry and provides a quick and effective shot placement,” she said. “It’s proven to be extremely quick and effective in both obtaining a sight picture and rapidly fire effective shots in high stress situations, such as engaging a charging grizzly bear at close range.”

Mmmm, I am confused so you can not need an AR-15 to bring down a deer and these firearms have one purpose only and that is to kill people BUT the Yukon governments research has found that AR-10 are efficient for grizzly bear. so CO’s must be the only ones to … may face a charging bear or hunt bear?

Now, we do not deny the Yukon CO or any other CO or peace officer, the equipment they need to stay safe and this is not on them, the hypocrisy lies with Prime Minister Trudeau and by appearance, the Liberal government of the Yukon or on any Liberal who toes the party line. 



WLSA president Kane Fraser (right) , International Practical Shooting Confederation B.C. Training Course Co-ordinator, Chief Range Officer and former board member Heino Seibert (left) and National Range Officers Institute (NROI) Range Officer and Training Course Instructor Bill Davidson Centre)

Williams Lake Tribune – 08 July 2020 – Greg Sabatino

Members of the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association, including its president, are taking aim at the federal Liberal government’s recently billed ‘assault-style’ weapon ban.

The group said it is hoping to educate the public about what they’re calling an undemocratic, overreaching Order in Council from the federal government, which bans close to 2,000 types of firearms in Canada ..

WLSA president Kane Fraser (right) , International Practical Shooting Confederation B.C. Training Course Co-ordinator, Chief Range Officer and former board member Heino Seibert (left) and National Range Officers Institute (NROI) Range Officer and Training Course Instructor Bill Davidson Centre) — all from Williams Lake — said the OIC does nothing to remove firearms from the hands of criminals and, instead, punishes lawful, responsible gun owners who use firearms for hunting and sporting purposes.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced May 1 the government was banning 1,500 types of what he called assault-style weapons.

The federal RCMP have since added roughly 300 more firearms to the list, which continues to be updated and changed on a daily basis, causing confusion and uncertainty among legal owners, the group said.

The federal government stated the ban would and “does not affect legal hunters and target shooters in any way,” however, Fraser, Seibert and Davidson said, in fact, those are the only groups targeted by the ban.

READ MORE: Cariboo-Prince George MP endorses petition to repeal Trudeau’s gun ban

Now, anyone legally owning any of those firearms, or equipment, must keep them securely locked up. The federal government, meanwhile, has said there will be a two-year amnesty period for gun owners where it will come up with a buy back program for owners to receive what the government is calling ‘fair value’ for any firearms now deemed illegal.

The group, however, said they’re puzzled by many of the firearms listed in the ban, including common firearms used in hunting, target and sport shooting competitions, Davidson added.

“Eighty per cent of firearms that are used in crimes are smuggled into Canada,” Davidson said. “That’s a staggering amount. It goes right to border security and what they’re doing there to prevent this, and their minimal budget. It’s staggering how little they’re putting toward doing that.”

The federal government’s 2019 budget allots $77.3 million over five years and $13.5 million ongoing for enhanced law enforcement at the Canada, U.S. border, equating to roughly $15.5 million per year. The government’s cost to buy back now illegal firearms is estimated to cost a minimum of $500 million, ballooning up to a potential $1.5 billion.

Davidson also said none of the banned guns are actually ‘assault rifles,’ as those weapons are capable of firing in fully automatic mode — adding the targeted firearms seem to be banned based on how they look rather than what they can do, leaving some nearly identical firearms legal. Actual assault rifles have been banned in Canada since 1978.

Seibert stressed no lawful gun owner is opposed to eliminating gun crime, and said he’d rather see meaningful efforts by government to crack down on and punish those involved in firearms related crimes, provide more resources to border control as well as more support for mental health services.

As it stands now, Seibert explained each time a registered firearms owner goes to remove a gun from a locked safe — whether for hunting or sport shooting purposes — its owner needs to check the banned registry list to make sure it has not been changed.

“It’s changing so quickly, and actually on a daily basis, you have to make sure that gun you are taking out hasn’t been listed,” he said. “You have to check this massive list each time.”

IPSC competitions in Canada, which have been hosted in Williams Lake in the past, have effectively been whittled down to pistol competitions as most competition target rifles are now prohibited, Seibert noted.

Businesses dealing in the lawful selling of firearms have also been hit hard, the group noted as, in some cases, much of their stock is now deemed illegal.

An example close to home in Prince George is Cassandra Parker, the co-owner of K.K.S. Tactical Supplies Ltd., who is taking the federal government to court and asking for a judicial review of the government’s ban of firearms.

Parker’s lawsuit claims the firearms prescribed as prohibited are reasonable for use in Canada for hunting or sporting purposes, and do not pose a disproportionate risk to public safety. She further calls into question the government’s opinion to the contrary, stating it is not supported by any evidence. https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Fraser said if the Prime Minister’s stated objective is to reduce gun crime, targeting law abiding citizens makes no sense.

He said the expanded restrictions will do nothing to stop the illegal flow of guns into the country, resulting in a veiled public safety benefit.

Fraser pointed to the Canadian long-gun registry as another misguided attempt at preventing gun crime.

The gun registry was originally supposed to cost roughly $2 million, however, by 2004, had skyrocketed to nearly $2 billion spent or committed to the federal program.

“[This] cost taxpayers billions of dollars and did nothing to curtail criminal gun activity as the guns never were registered,” Fraser said. “Again, law abiding firearms owners and business owners are the individuals targeted by previously failed Liberal attempts at gun control and the current Order in Council.”

Court challenges, meanwhile, have continued to crop up throughout the country surrounding the OIC on the basis of how it was legislated, including from the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights (CFFR), a public relations and educational branch of the Canadian firearms community.

“The government, in an entirely arbitrary and irrational way, has created legislation that will deprive us of our property and our freedom to live as we wish, on pains of incarceration for failing to comply,” states the CFFR.

“We will ask the Court to rule on whether or not the government has the right to deprive us of our liberty, or our property, on penalty of incarceration, on fundamentally irrational grounds.”

The federal government is also facing pressure from multiple groups, including the CFFR, to make the buyback program mandatory to ensure prohibited firearms don’t fall into the illegal black market.

“I think every Canadian supports the responsible, lawful use of firearms for sporting and hunting purposes and we all agree that criminal use of firearms needs to be prevented,” Fraser said.

“Let’s put laws in place and utilize our resources to enforce existing criminal law and to stop the illegal smuggling of guns into our country.”

Todd Doherty, MP for Cariboo-Prince George, has endorsed a petition to repeal the gun ban.

Started by Steve Hamilton in May, 2020, it has received over 55,000 signatures.

Another petition, started by Jesse Faszer of Calgary, Alta., and endorsed by Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner, has received over 223,000 signatures.

Doherty told Black Press Media his Conservative government “understands that licensed owners are not the problem.”

Instead of banning guns, Doherty said the Conservative party believes it would be more effective to direct federal resources towards combating illegal gun smuggling and gang activity.

He called Trudeau’s decision arbitrary, and said by re-classifying over 1,500 firearms as prohibited, the Prime Minister has “by definition reclassified law abiding Canadians as criminals with the stroke of a pen.”



More guns are now being added as prohibited on a daily basis by the LIBERAL PARTY (Government)..  Contrary to Bill Blair’s statements, many shotguns as well as 22 Long Rifle have now fallen victim to the list of prohibited as well.  We have been forced over the edge and are now beginning our rapid downhill decline.

Tax paying, law abiding, highly vetted Canadian gun owners CAN NOT remain silent. Don’t believe this ban won’t affect you because you have nothing on the current prohibited list!

Regardless of the shooting activities you enjoy, whether it be hunting, target or competition, it’s only a matter of time before you’re called to lock your safe permanently by the Liberal PARTY  (Government) agenda. 

This is not just a gun issue, the Liberals now see that Order In Councils can be easily imposed on any group, at any time, on any matter.  Your group or interest may be next! 

The time to stand up for your Constitutional rights and demand due democratic process is now!  This has been cast aside by the narcissistic, megalomaniac, dictatorial behaviour of Bill Blair and Justin Trudeau.  If you’ve done nothing to fight this, you are part of the problem by displaying typical Canadian indifference.  I’m getting really tired of being this Liberal Government’s punching bag for criminal behaviour in Canada.  It is now time to have our voices heard!!

There are several MILLION GUN OWNERS in Canada.  Can you imagine, if only a small majority of those actively opposed to what is happening, simply took the few minimal actions as outlined below??  The political and financial power we would wield, would be unparalleled in Canada!  The time for complacency has ended.


RCMP (Shotgun Prohibition)


  • It’s so easy!
  • Most can be done right from your device!!
  • These actions will begin the process.
  • We need to seize the initiative to fight this effectively.
  1. Share this with your contact group.
    – regardless of their position, it is more than firearms. We all want a safe country but by Order in Counsel is not the way
    – this is “the foot in the door” – what is next, airsoft or paintball?
  2. Join the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR)YOUR HELP IS NEED NOW
    – The CCFR is bringing the challenge we face, as a targeted group, before the Courts.
    – There is great political strength in numbers.
    – They need money!! Lawyers aren’t cheap, especially good ones!!
    – Click on the link, fill in the blanks, give up your credit card number…it’s that easy
    Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights.
  3. Sign any and all Petitions relating to this…NOW
    – below you will find information on current petitions. Review them and please sign them, You will have to confirm your email address via the email it will automatically send you.
    then REFER TO “A” – Share with your contacts.
  4. Contact your Member of Parliament, especially if they are a Liberal…NOW!
    – our Member of Parliament is Todd Doherty and can be contacted at:
    Todd Doherty MP (MP Doherty has a petition in place, please sign it – see below)
    – and while your at it, let the BC representative know your feelings … opps there is none.
    – so then let the federal Liberal Party know as they say on their web site “We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly” . Then let the provincial BC Liberal Party, know because a Liberal is a Liberal or a totalitarian with a new name
    -call them, insist that they take your name as a concerned citizen that is opposed to the Liberals actions in this matter and take the name of the person you spoke to. Make note on your device calendar and repeat weekly
    – email them weekly. Your own words or copy the text from a petition
    – then REFER TO “A” – Share with your contacts.
  5. We need NON-GUN owners’ support as well, not just gun owners.
    – speak rationally, they are family and neigbours, and sharing the facts is a good start. Perhaps they will sign one or all of the petitions. Some may be opposed but they are entitled to their view, even if it is misguided.
    – don’t forget your household. Spouse and adult children can sign, these are individual petition not household.
    – don’t stoop to emotional rhetoric like the Liberals used to sell this Order In Council. We are far above this. We are legal gun owners.
    – use facts to support your position. They are clearly in our favour.
    – refer them to The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights which has much of this info on their website.


    This is not just a gun issue, the Liberal Party has been embolden now that an Order In Council has been easily imposed on a lawful group. Will your group, activity, equipment or interest be next!

    The 44th Canadian Federal election shall take place on or before October 16, 2023 at the latest. Lets work to make it sooner. Lets send a message via the provincial election, after all a Liberal is a Liberal and they move between jurisdiction as the need suits them.

    British Columbia is scheduled to have a provincial election on or before October 16, 2021. Though the provincial LIberals are not in power, give a though to the federal New Democratic Party’s position on this issue. Will the provincial NDP impose city or provincial restrictions if anointed by the federal Liberals.





e-2576 (Democratic process)

Sponsored by: Todd Dohery
Cariboo—Prince George
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • On May 1, 2020, the Liberal government introduced an Order in Council to change the classification of many firearms in Canada;
  • This executive order strips law-abiding Canadians of their legally purchased property;
  • This unfairly targets Canadian firearms owners who are already among the most vetted in Canadian society. Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) and Restricted PAL (RPAL) holders are subject to daily screening and are statistically proven to be less likely to commit crimes than non-PAL and non-RPAL holders;
  • According to Regulation 117.5(2), an Order in Council may not be used: “In making regulations, the Governor in Council may not prescribe any thing to be a prohibited firearm, a restricted firearm, a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device or prohibited ammunition if, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, the thing to be prescribed is reasonable for use in Canada for hunting or sporting purposes”;
  • It is the opinion of the Governor in Council that these firearms included in the Order are unsuitable for hunting or sporting purposes;
  • Justice Minister David Lametti stated: “There will be an exception for Indigenous peoples exercising a section 35 hunting right, as well as those who use the weapon for hunting to feed themselves or their family”;
  • An exemption shows that these firearms are clearly suitable; and
  • Multiple premiers have stated that this ban will not be effective in preventing crime and money would be better allocated towards targeting criminals.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately repeal the Order in Council issued May 1, 2020.
Open for signature May 5, 2020, at 11:39 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature September 2, 2020, at 11:39 a.m. (EDT)

58,860 Signatures (British Columbia – 13,743)


e-2574 (Democratic process)

Sponsored by: Michelle Rempel Garner
Calgary Nose Hill
Conservative Caucus

Petition to the Prime Minister

  • The Prime Minister’s firearms confiscation regime, undemocratically imposed without debate during a pandemic while Parliament is suspended, is an assault on Canadian democracy;
  • Canada already has stringent regulations and comprehensive legislation related to firearms ownership;
  • Canada has millions of responsible, law-abiding firearms owners;
  • Data shows that the confiscation regime would not stop firearms violence in Canada;
  • The majority of firearms used in violent crimes are obtained illegally and/or are smuggled into Canada;
  • Legal firearms owners are strong advocates for measures that will actually prevent firearms violence;
  • Legal firearms owners in Canada are vetted on a daily basis through the CPIC system;
  • The Prime Minister is using the emotion of the tragedy in Nova Scotia to impose this confiscation regime even though all of the firearms the murderer used were illegally obtained;
  • The list of firearms to be confiscated is arbitrary and not based on functionality;
  • “Assault rifles”, or fully automatic firearms, have been banned in Canada since 1977;
  • Criminals who have illegally obtained firearms will not be impacted by this confiscation regime; and
  • The federal government is abandoning evidenced-based decision making as it relates to preventing firearm violence.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Prime Minister to immediately scrap his government’s May 1, 2020, Order in Council decision related to confiscating legally owned firearms and instead pass legislation that will target criminals, stop the smuggling of firearms into Canada, go after those who illegally acquire firearms, and apologize to legal firearms owners in Canada.

Open for signature May 5, 2020, at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature  September 2, 2020, at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)

230,890  Signatures (British Columbia – 40,656)

Open for signature December 17, 2019, at 1:17 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature February 15, 2020, at 1:17 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons Glen Motz (Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner) on May 6, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00172)
175, 310 signatures
– Awaiting (official) Response –

Presented to the House of Commons
Brad Vis (Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon)
May 5, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00171)
54 Signatures

Awaiting Action

Open for signature May 12 2020, at 12:28 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature July 11 2020, at 12:28 p.m. (EDT) 14,353 signatures
– Awaiting (official) Response –