RCMP Failed to Provide Guns, Training: Full Text of Court Ruling

TheGunBlog.ca — 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.

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RCMP Attack on Ruger 10/22 Owners Unites Gun-Rights Groups

Canadian Shooting Sports Association national police attack firearms communityThe RCMP’s attack on owners of the popular Ruger 10/22 small-calibre rifle is prompting Canadian gun-rights groups to unite in opposition.

The RCMP plans to reclassify 10/22 magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of the .22 LR cartridge as “prohibited devices,” Calibre Magazine said July 18, potentially leading to criminal charges for anyone who owns, transports or sells them. Firearms-rights associations said the move isn’t allowed under Canadian laws and regulations.

“Canada’s national police force has chosen to continue its unabated attack on our nation’s law-abiding firearms community,” the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) said July 22 on its website. “We are currently examining several options with our sister organizations and members of the industry, and we will need your participation.”

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RCMP Trains With Guns Once a Year for Half a Day

RCMP Gun Pistol S&W 5946

RCMP Standard Issue Smith & Wesson 5946 Service Pistol. Source: en.wikipedia.org

The RCMP requires its officers to train with firearms for half a day once a year beyond their basic instruction.

“They’re required to qualify every year,” Deputy Commissioner Janice Armstrong told journalists today in Moncton, New Brunswick. “They’ll spend half a day at the range qualifying every year.”

Emergency-response units practise with a variety of weapons, in addition to training in tactics, she said. Officers also have the option to shoot more often on their own or in competition, she said.

Proficiency with firearms is a small part of what is required to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Recruits get 64 hours of training with a 9 mm pistol and 12 gauge shotgun, out of 785 hours total for the Cadet Training Program, according to the RCMP’s website.

“We’re looking to increase the number of opportunities for practice,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong made the comments today in answer to questions while presenting a review of a shooting in Moncton in June 2014, when Justin Bourque shot three officers dead and injured two others.

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