A group opposing Canada’s firearms registry says it has discovered that 428 guns have gone missing from police forces or other public agencies.
And Canada’s National Firearms Association, which obtained the figure through an access-to-information request, said it suggests police are part of the problem of guns falling into the hands of gangsters and other criminals.
“It seems to me there is a little bit of a double standard here,” NFA president Sheldon Clare of Prince George said Thursday.
He said police like to point out that guns owned by lawabiding citizens can end up in the wrong hands if they are stored improperly.
But he suggested police should be asking themselves how many of their own guns have ended up being used in crimes.
“Police loss of firearms are hushed up,” he said.
The NFA says its access request resulted in the RCMP revealing that 32 guns have been lost or stolen from members of Canada’s national police force, 316 guns were lost or stolen from other police forces and another 80 were lost or stolen from other public agencies, not including the military.
He said no time frame was given in the response to the access request, but it appears to date from October 2008, when the Police and Public Agency Regulations came into force. The regulations required all police firearms to be registered with the RCMP by Oct. 31, 2009.
Clare said his organization opposes Canada’s national gun registry, which he suggested has only registered half of the 20 million guns in Canada since it was introduced in the 1990s.
He said the registry hasn’t prevented guns from being used in crimes or tragic mass murders.
“The problem we seem to have is how to stop bad people from having dangerous things,” Clare said.
It’s time for police to stop treating law-abiding gun owners as part of the problem and instead focus on catching the real bad guys, he said.
Meanwhile, over at The Mark:
Gun group says police should follow their own advice in making sure firearms are properly stored.
Police departments across the country have had 428 guns stolen or go missing in recent years, leading the National Firearms Association to criticize police for upholding a double standard over storage of dangerous weapons. The NFA retrieved the data on stolen and missing police guns through an access-to-information request, which showed the RCMP had lost 32 guns, other police forces had lost 316 guns, and other armed, non-police agencies (not including the military) lost another 80. The NFA said there was no timeframe given on when the guns disappeared, but figured it could have been since Oct. 2008, the date that new laws came into effect requiring all police firearms to be registered. The NFA, which opposes the long-gun registry, said the staggering losses of police guns shows the thin blue line is a bit hypocritical when it says that improperly stored civillian guns are at the greatest risk of being stolen and ending up in the hands of violent criminals.
Heck, even the Ottawa Citizen woke up. So… let’s see where this goes.