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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How Long and How Much for a Gun Licence in Canada?

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TheGunBlog.ca — Fodollah (his username on Reddit) of Toronto got his gun licence this week after roughly four months and almost $500. Congratulations! TheGunBlog.ca asked him for details on timing and costs as a guide for the rest of us.

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Princess Patricia Soldiers Get 49 Rounds a Year, HuffPo Says

Soldiers in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry unit get 49 cartridges per year for training because of cuts to military spending, the Huffington Post said on January 21, citing an unidentified member of the unit.

By comparison, civilians can fire 10 times that much ammunition in a single day of training with a private company. SIG Sauer Academy requires 500 rifle rounds and 100 pistol rounds for its one-day, intermediate-level “Skill Builder: Rifle/Carbine” course in New Hampshire. Tennessee-based Tactical Response’s two-day “Fighting Rifle” course requires 1,500 rounds of rifle ammo and 250 rounds of pistol ammo.

Two weeks ago, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said their officers train with firearms for half a day per year after their basic training.

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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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