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TEAM CSSA E-NEWS | NOVEMBER 11, 2019

COMMENTARY
New Zealand Police Beg Criminals to
Hand in Their Guns
In their effort to take guns out of the hands of gangs and organized crime organizations, New Zealand police have implemented a unique new program to ensure compliance with the nation’s latest gun ban. They’re saying, “Please.”

Gang and organized crime leaders have shown little interest in handing in their guns which, oddly, perplexes Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

“I think it’s fair to say they have a different approach than law-abiding members of the public. They’re very reluctant to be part of this [amnesty],” he said.

Apparently not.

With less than two months until the amnesty’s deadline, New Zealand gun owners are similarly “reluctant” to hand over their legally-purchased property to the state.

Compliance with New Zealand’s gun-back scheme sits at just 18 percent. This puts them on pace for a 30 percent compliance rate when the amnesty period ends in December, something Newsweek laughably frames as “a modest but tangible success for policymakers.” [i]

This is worse than even the lowest estimate of Australia’s buyback in the late 1990s where, according to a comprehensive study by criminologists Peter Reuter and Jenny Mouzos, compliance ranged from 40 – 80 percent, depending on whose estimate of the number of guns you used. [ii]

When 70 percent of New Zealand’s licensed firearm owners refuse to comply with the law, how can you call it anything other than a colossal failure?

Speaking before the Justice Select Committee, Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement insisted they were making progress with the nation’s gangs and organized crime syndicates. He told the committee police had identified 115 key individuals in 37 gangs in New Zealand and that police met with 53 of these crime leaders “to discuss” surrendering their illegal guns.

“We know it’s difficult for people to hand in their firearms but we want to make it as easy and safe and, uh, the best experience it can possibly be,” Police Commissioner Mike Bush reiterated.

In New Zealand, neither career criminals nor licensed firearm owners are interested in this “experience.”

The former have no interest in complying because these criminals regularly use their guns to defend their illegal enterprises.

The latter have no interest because they have committed no crime, so why should they surrender their legally-owned and legally-acquired property?

It’s a question for which no politician has a legitimate answer – not in New Zealand, not in Australia before it, and not in Canada today.


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IN THE NEWS
People - Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer
Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice & Solicitor General of Alberta
Alberta to prevent lawsuits against homeowners
who stand up to criminals

The Canadian Press | Medicine Hat News | November 6, 2019

WETASKIWIN, Alta. – Alberta is making changes to prevent homeowners from being sued if they injure people committing crimes on their properties.

Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says the government will be introducing amendments to existing legislation and make them retroactive to the start of 2018.

“This is just the beginning of the steps we’re going to take to combat rural crime,” Schweitzer said Wednesday.

Schweitzer didn’t link the change to the case of Edouard Maurice, but said it’s a story he keeps hearing from rural Albertans talking about crime.

Maurice was charged after he shot and wounded an intruder who had been ransacking a truck on Maurice’s property near Okotoks, south of Calgary, in February 2018.
Gun serial numbers are not personal information, judge tells RCMP

Jim Bronskill | The Canadian Press | November 6, 2019

OTTAWA -- The Federal Court is ordering the RCMP to release the serial numbers of hundreds of its handguns in response to a request under the national information law.

In a decision made public Wednesday, Justice Nicholas McHaffie rejected the police force's argument the numbers amounted to personal information -- akin to a social insurance number -- that should be exempt from disclosure under the Access to Information Act.

In 2014, the RCMP received an access request for information related to a number of Sig Sauer P226 handguns.

In response, the Mounties released a 13-page chart that listed 468 P226 firearms along with details including the RCMP unit to which each gun had been issued.

The RCMP blacked out the serial numbers of the guns on the basis the numbers constituted information about identifiable individuals -- data considered exempt from release.
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Canada Has A GANG Problem, Not A Gun Problem

Spencer Fernando | spencerfernando.com | November 8, 2019

The foolish and pathetic politicians are unwilling to confront real problems, so they’re trying to take away the rights of law-abiding Canadians.

Canada has long been a nation with a lot of guns. In fact, gun ownership rates in Canada are relatively high compared to much of the rest of the world. It’s only the immense amount of guns in the United States that makes Canada’s gun ownership rate appear low.

Canada also has (or generally had) a low rate of gun violence. Many countries that have far fewer guns per capita have much higher levels of gun crime than we do.

All of this shows that the issue isn’t actually the amount of guns, it’s who has those guns, and how those guns are used.

Guns in the hands of law-abiding Canadian firearms owners, hunters, sport shooters, and gun enthusiasts are NOT the source of gun crime.

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Cop’s handgun magazine, other items stolen

Zach Laing | Calgary Sun | November 8, 2019

Calgary police are on the hunt for a person who stole a law enforcement officer’s handgun magazine and other items Wednesday evening.

A Medicine Hat member of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s Internet Child Exploitation unit had his vehicle prowled in the 2800 block of Sunridge Way N.E. around 7:50 p.m. Wednesday night, police said.
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People - Jeremy Murphy
Weyburn target shooter attends world-level competition

Weyburn Review | November 5, 2019

Weyburn target shooter Jeremy Murray felt a bit alone at an international shooting competition, as he was only one of two Canadians to compete, but it was an invaluable learning experience that will help him in the future.

Murray attended the IDPA World Championship held at CMP Civilian Markmanship Park in Talladega, Alabama, on Oct. 23-24, where 411 shooters from 24 countries converged to shoot in various categories.

He participated in the service pistol category, and placed in 72nd place out of 110 shooters. Overall, Murray was ranked as 242nd out of 411 competitors.

The level of competition was quite high, Murray found, particularly when he went up against shooters who were professionals, whose full-time job was target shooting for gun manufacturers.

People - Brian Pallister
Municipal handgun bans an option 'we'll look at,' Manitoba premier says after meeting with prime minister
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Premier Brian Pallister says he won't 'make policy on the fly' in response to violent incidents in Winnipeg

CBC News | November 8, 2019

Allowing Manitoba municipalities to ban handguns is one possible response to a recent wave of violence in Winnipeg, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Friday, following a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Certainly we'll look at that," the premier told reporters Friday morning in Ottawa, when asked about his position on the potential bans.

During his re-election campaign, the prime minister promised to work with provinces to empower local governments to  "further restrict" or outright ban handguns on their own , but said his Liberal government  wouldn't create a countrywide prohibition  on handguns.
GUNS GONE WILD! How can Toronto stop tide
 of firearm violence?

Joe Warmington and Brad Hunter | Toronto Sun | November 6, 2019

WATCH ABOVE as the Toronto Sun’s crime specialists Joe Warmington and Brad Hunter breakdown what Toronto needs to do to get a handle on the increase in violent crime.

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In The Wall Street Journal: Mexico’s Soaring Murder Rate Proves Gun Control Is Deadly

Crime Prevention Research Centre | October 22, 2019

Dr. John Lott has a new piece in the Wall Street Journal about Mexico’s extremely high murder rate.

Another month, another record number of murders in Mexico. For the first nine months of 2019, Mexico had 25,890 murders —almost six times as many murders per 100,000 people as in the U.S. Does Mexico need stricter gun control?

No. Its gun laws are among the least permissive in the world. For decades Mexico has had only one gun store in the entire country, a military-run establishment in Mexico City. The store’s prices are very expensive, and the most powerful rifle that you can buy there is a .22 caliber. There’s no “gun-show loophole”—any person-to-person firearm transfers are  illegal  without an “extraordinary” permit that never seems to be issued. One may sell a gun only to the government, and then the government has to decide to sell it to someone else.
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Report recommends taking public health approach to gun violence

Faiza Amin | CityNews | November 9, 2019/Updated November 10, 2019

It’s not how an average person would spend a Saturday afternoon, but for Evelyn Fox and Alicia Iron, it’s become somewhat of a call to duty.

Their friendship was formed following unimaginable acts of violence that has turned them into activists and changed how they spend every minute of every day.
Both of these women lost their kids to gun violence.

“The impact of losing my child and having to witness him die, has been extremely traumatic for me,” said Fox. “I sit down and think of the mothers who lost their children and didn’t get to spend their last moments with them. I feel almost blessed to say that at least I got to spend the last few moments with my child, but it seems to wrong to even say that.”
'It can be quite deceiving': Police watching for increase in homemade guns

Colton Wiens | CTV News Regina | November 7, 2019

REGINA -- Police say a growing number of homemade guns are showing up on the streets of Saskatchewan.
According to the Regina Police Service, 14 homemade guns have been seized in 2019 so far, a big jump after officers confiscated only one homemade gun in 2018.

Saskatoon police have also made similar arrests where homemade handguns were involved. In Winnipeg, the number of homemade guns skyrocketed from six in 2017 to 60 in 2018.

"Sometimes it can be quite deceiving, and so I think for our officers there needs to be a recognition that these things can be improvise,” Elizabeth Popowich with the Regina Police Service said.

Gun Confiscation Masquerading as “Gun Buy Backs” Left’s 4 Part Strategy to Destroy 2A

Roger Katz | Ammoland.com | November 9, 2019

New York – -( AmmoLand.com )- So called gun buybacks fall into two categories. (you can not buy back something you never owned)

One category utilized by various Cities in the past is “gun buybacks” as voluntary programs that antigun politicians draw out of the closet every now and again merely as a political stunt. These buybacks are directed, of course, not to the psychopathic killer, common criminal, or to those few individuals who suffer from psychoses that truly represent a danger both to themselves and others. No! These gun buybacks are directed to the average, law-abiding, responsible gun owner. But, not surprisingly, gun owners who take part in these programs do not surrender expensive firearms, but, rather, old, probably inoperable firearms.


From Ammoland
US guns are flooding the world

John Lindsay | Daily Express | November 10, 2019

Gun manufacturing in the United States fell sharply in the first year of the Trump presidency, by more than 27 percent — a change widely attributed to gun buyers’ confidence that Trump would maintain or expand commercial access to firearms, limiting the impulse to stock up over a short period of time. Gun imports into the United States have also dropped significantly, with pistol imports falling by over 20 percent from 2016 to 2018. 

But reduced gun production was partly compensated by a record level of U.S. gun exports to other nations, which grew by nearly 30 percent in 2017. U.S. gun companies dramatically increased their firearms exports globally — to 488,300 guns in 2017, more than in any year on record, according to a report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). The United States exported even more firearms in 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, and the Trump administration seeks to expand such exports even more.


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Letter to the Editor –
Penalize gun crimes

Bill Kushniryk | The Winnipeg Sun | November 9, 2019

Regarding your poll question about going to Mexico, perhaps it should have read “Are you planning to go to Winnipeg in light of all the homicides there lately?” It seems that violence is quickly spreading in Canada despite all of the tough gun control laws on the books now. Making more, tougher gun control laws won’t do a thing because the criminals that use them get their guns on the black market and all it would do is penalize the legal gun owners who abide by the laws of the land. The laws should be changed to a long sentence in a penitentiary for anyone using a gun while committing a crime. And perhaps stop penitentiaries from being Club Fed, but making them something that actually can be considered as a penalty, but saying this with a Liberal government in power is like talking to fence post (which actually does serve a purpose).
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Letter to the Editor –
Ban Targets Wrong People

John Pattihis | Herald Publicist | November 10, 2019

As a authorized gun proprietor and avid sporting shooter, I’m fully dissatisfied with Mayor Tory’s push for a city-wide handgun ban, to not point out Trudeau’s push to ban semi-automatic firearms and cross the handgun ban off to municipalities. I shoot with my household at two native gun golf equipment and we get pleasure from this sport very a lot. It is among the most secure sports activities in Canada and is loved by tens of millions of law-abiding, tax-paying residents who adhere to our very strict gun legal guidelines. Punishing authorized gun house owners due to gun crimes getting uncontrolled in Toronto is totally the flawed strategy to curve the violence and is wrongfully focusing on harmless individuals who love to focus on shoot and hunt. Handguns are already banned in Canada, to individuals who should not have a sound
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