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RCMP Firearms Program Updates on COVID-19 Impact on Services

TheGunBlog.ca — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Canadian Firearms Program, which controls private gun ownership, said it’s experiencing “significant impacts” to licensing from the COVID-19 crisis. Highlights New PALs on hold PAL cards on hold PAL renewals online only, not by mail The following is reprinted from the RCMP website with a date stamp of…

RCMP: ‘It Has Been Recommended’ to Stop Gun-Safety Courses on COVID-19

TheGunBlog.ca — The RCMP, which controls private gun ownership in Canada, said “it has been recommended” to stop teaching the mandatory firearm-safety courses for a gun licence to avoid COVID-19 contagion. RCMP Comment “It has been recommended that the delivery of the Firearms Safety Course(s) be postponed to follow the social distancing protocols in place…

RCMP ‘Working Hard’ on Gun Licences With Delays From COVID-19

TheGunBlog.ca — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which controls private gun ownership, said it’s “working hard” through the COVID-19 crisis to process firearm licences, while facing delays. Caroline Duval, a spokeswoman for the regulator in Ottawa, commented by e-mail today in response to questions from TheGunBlog.ca. Q&A With the RCMP on Licensing, Work During COVID-19…

RCMP Air Marshals Picked Glock 19 After Five 30,000-Round Tests

TheGunBlog.ca — Glock GmbH, the world’s biggest handgun maker, said Canada’s airplane police picked the Glock 19 as their duty pistol a few years ago, after some of the world’s most-rigorous testing. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s In-Flight Security Officer program selected the model 19 Gen 4 after 30,000 shots fired through each of five…

RCMP Comments on Firearms Reference Table Users, Access, Fees

TheGunBlog.ca — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police comments below on its Firearms Reference Table, a private catalogue of its opinions on how firearms should be classified within the law. Caroline Duval, a spokeswoman for the Ottawa-based agency, e-mailed the comments to TheGunBlog.ca today in response to our questions. Who are your clients for the FRT?…

RCMP Redesigns Canadian Firearms Program Website

TheGunBlog.ca — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police redesigned the website for its Canadian Firearms Program, which manages licensing for the country’s 2.2 million gun-licence holders and tracks when they buy and sell guns. “The Canadian Firearms Program website has a new look!” the Ottawa-based agency said today on its new homepage. “The website has been…

RCMP Still ‘Working at Posting’ Firearms Reference Table, No ETA

TheGunBlog.ca — Canada’s federal firearm regulator said it’s still “working at posting” its so-called Firearms Reference Table of opinions on the legal classifications of guns, without any timing to publish the private catalogue. Critical Label The FRT shows the RCMP’s interpretation of whether a firearm should be considered “Non-restricted,” “Restricted” or “Prohibited,” the only three…

RCMP to Pick Which Guns to Confiscate Under Trudeau, CTV Reports

TheGunBlog.ca — The RCMP will decide which rifles to confiscate from hunters, farmers and sport shooters if Justin Trudeau is re-elected prime minister of Canada next month, CTV News reported, citing Trudeau’s Liberal Party. The comment seems to contradict election promises made Sept. 20 by Trudeau and Bill Blair, his minister for confiscation. Mass Incarceration…

RCMP Says It Deleted Bill C-71 Web Info in June After Law Passed

TheGunBlog.ca — Canada’s RCMP, the agency that approves and tracks gun users, said today it deleted web pages about Bill C-71 in June after the government passed the new law against hunters, sport shooters and gun stores. The two pages provided information for more than 10,000 families and businesses targeted by the first round of…

RCMP Removes Bill C-71 Web Pages

TheGunBlog.ca — The RCMP removed its web pages on Bill C-71, the Canadian government’s new law against federally licensed hunters, sport shooters and gun stores. Two pages outlining the law’s first round of gun prohibitions and confiscations from individuals and businesses appear to have gone offline days or weeks ago, sometime after the legislation was…

RCMP Comments on Firearm Training, Officer Shootings, New AR-15

TheGunBlog.ca — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada’s largest police agency, comments below on its guns, firearm training, support and requirements for officers involved in shootings, and related topics. Caroline Duval, a spokeswoman for the Ottawa-based RCMP, sent the comments to TheGunBlog.ca by e-mail on July 3 in response to our questions. We summarize our…

RCMP ‘Actively Working’ on 2018 Commissioner of Firearms Report

TheGunBlog.ca — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it’s “actively working” to prepare the 2018 Commissioner of Firearms report with data on gun licensing and ownership by hunters, farmers, sport shooters and firearm collectors. Tania Vaughan, a spokeswoman for the Ottawa-based RCMP, made the comment to TheGunBlog.ca today by e-mail in response to our questions…

RCMP Slows Printing Gun Licences, Fuelling Speculation of Bans

TheGunBlog.ca — Canada’s federal agency in charge of gun licensing everyone from hunters and farmers to Olympic shooters said it slowed printing the permits because of “technical circumstances,” fuelling speculation new firearm bans are imminent. “Due to technical circumstances, the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) is producing firearms licence cards in a limited capacity between March…

RCMP Failing to Deliver Life-Saving AR-15s, Auditor General Says

TheGunBlog.ca — The RCMP, Canada’s largest police force, is failing to equip and train officers with life-saving AR-15 rifles and body armour, Canada’s Auditor General said today following an audit. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police bought more than 5,000 of the semi-automatic rifles since deciding in September 2011 to make them available to officers for…

RCMP Firearms Program Comments on Notice About Quebec Registry

TheGunBlog.ca — The following is a comment by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police about how it works with provincial authorities on licensing firearm owners and registering their guns. TheGunBlog.ca asked the Ottawa-based federal agency for information after it published a notice on its website related to Quebec’s provincial gun registry. https://twitter.com/TheGunBlog/status/1108277100962680832 Michelle Schmidt, a spokeswoman…

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‘Straw Buyers:’ Under 2 People Charged Per Year, Research Shows

TheGunBlog.ca — Fewer than two Canadians a year are charged with making so-called “straw purchases” of guns, according to a researcher who analyzed public reports. Here’s a look at the numbers in context, why the RCMP doesn’t have the data, and what it all means. Summary No stats. Canada doesn’t have any official statistics on…

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Ed Burlew: A Gun Ban Means Government Has Lost Trust in the RCMP

TheGunBlog.ca — Edward Burlew, a leading Canadian firearm lawyer, said any new gun bans by the government would mean it had lost confidence in the federal police’s ability to manage gun safety. He made the comment in a series of points by e-mail on Dec. 9 after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police published its 2017…

Dear RCMP, How Does Cannabis Use Affect PAL Eligibility?

TheGunBlog.ca — Canada legalized buying, selling and using cannabis for fun in certain limited cases this month. We asked the federal police, which licenses gun owners, how the legal purchase or use of weed might affect eligibility to get and keep a firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). Here is their response.