"Essentially, the legislation will hurt the law-abiding gun community and licensed firearms dealers only. These are not the people that ware committing murders or other crimes of violence in our communities-with rare exception." CDL
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"What Canada does need to do is strictly enforce the current legislation and keep guns out of the hands of those that for criminal or mental health issues should not possess them.
The RCMP and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) have the primary responsibility to enforce our smuggling laws and keep illegal handguns from entering this country.
Both agencies are short of personnel ("E" Division is operating with a 1,000+ officer shortage) with the [Force] having little to no resources focus on organized crime enforcement or to stem smuggling.
"The federal government would be well-advised to focus more funding on those fronts, rather than targeting legal guns that aren't a threat."CDL
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An interesting aside is that then Minister of Justice Allan Rock in 1995 asked for and received RCMP input into crimes with firearms. The Force's response document was altered by Rock and the erroneous data incorporated into Bill C-68.
The Hon. Bill Blair, minister of public safety:
"Statistics vary, but it is no secret that firearms flowing in from the United States still make up a large proportion of weapons used in violent incidents. Indeed, based on recent developments in the investigation into last month’s tragic Nova Scotia shootings, it would appear that a majority of the firearms used came from the U.S. With the world’s longest land border between Canada and the U.S., tackling the flow of illegal firearms is no easy matter, and it only makes sense for the Canadian government to continue to improve its investment in border services."
Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) National President Jean-Pierre Fortin
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