The following is the full text of a Sept. 29 court ruling that found the RCMP guilty of failing to provide AR-15 rifles and training to its officers, three of whom were shot to death in June 2014 in Moncton, New Brunswick. CBC, which provided live updates of the trial, reported last week on the judge’s decision here.
The 64-page ruling was sent to TheGunBlog.ca by the court. The bold was in the original.
Colt Canada Corp. was the RCMP’s biggest supplier of guns last year, as Canada’s national police equipped officers with AR-15 rifles. M.D. Charlton Co., which sells SIG Sauer, Mossberg and Winchester among its brands, came second, followed by Smith & Wesson Corp. in third place.
Following are comments by Canada’s Ministry of Public Safety about records kept by the RCMP from the so-called “Long-gun Registry,” which the police has said repeatedly it finished deleting more than two years ago.
The RCMP kept almost half the data from Canada’s so-called “Long-gun Registry” that was stopped by law in 2012, a two-year-old official transcript shows. The law ordered all registration records destroyed.
Here is a 2010 report that recommended the RCMP adopt the AR-15 rifle. The study and its author were in focus this week at a trial to decide if Canada’s federal police are guilty of having failed to provide appropriate equipment and training to officers responding to attackers. The case is relevant to all of us.
People are often astonished that most police officers aren’t into shooting or guns, don’t train often with firearms and are lousy at marksmanship. But being armed and being skilled with your arm are completely different.