Gun Violence, Hate Crimes

Gun-related and/or hate-related killings or concerns

Far-right leader for Argentina

With Argentina struggling with annual inflation to 143% and 40% of its citizens living in poverty, their new far-right president, Javier Milei, is promising a radical overhaul of how his country will function. He has promised to replace his country’s currency with the U.S. dollar, shut down ministries, cut welfare benefits, eliminatine public works, privatize key industries, relax gun controls, abolish abortion and permit the sale of human organs. [node:read-more:link]

Illegal assault rifles imported

Owners of an Israeli rifle imported and sold as semi-automatic weapons have been told by the RCMP they have 30 days to surrender what are actually full automatics capable of firing up to 950 rounds per minute. The “misidentification” of the Tavor X95s, a compact “bullpup” assault rifle imported by three Canadian companies, was discovered during an RCMP technical investigation. [node:read-more:link]

Gun amnesty extended

Public Safety Canada today extended its amnesty for owners of prohibited “assault style” firearms until October 30, 2025. Designed to support a buy-back program announced by the government in May 2020, the amnesty was due to expire last spring but the buy-back program is still under development. [node:read-more:link]

Gun lobby wants court injunction

Faced with the October 30 expiry of a federal firearms amnesty, a gun lobby plans to seek a Federal Court injunction February 22 on grounds that many owners worry about the prospect of being labelled criminals if they don’t comply. The federal cabinet directive initially issued in 2020, and since extended, reclassified as prohibited a number of common military-style firearms and while owners can still possess them, the directive prohibits transfer of ownership. [node:read-more:link]

Some RCMP armour deficient

RCMP Commissioner Michael Duheme says some of his personnel are deployed into dangerous situations with expired hard body armour. Some manufacturers say ceramic or steel plates can degrade and be less effective after several years but others argue that they remain “stable and resistant to degradation” beyond the designed 10-year lifecycle. [node:read-more:link]

“Ghost guns” rule contested

Pending the outcome of a legal challenge, the U.S. Supreme Court today narrowly upheld a 2022 regulation designed to address a growing “ghost gun” market. The regulation does not ban the sale or possession of kits or components but does require manufacturers and sellers to obtain licences, mark products with serial numbers and conduct background checks. [node:read-more:link]

Ottawa neo-Nazi advocate charged

Patrick Gordon Macdonald, 26, of Ottawa is the first in Canada to be charged with terrorism and hate propaganda offences for advocating violent neo-Nazi ideology. RCMP announced today that they had arrested him because he had helped to develop material for the U.S.-based but international Atomwaffen Division. [node:read-more:link]

RCMP used vehicles sales blocked

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino is being asked to lift a ban on the sale of decommissioned RCMP vehicles and parts, except for patrol cars, because it is costing the force $13 million in lost revenues annually. The RCMP has been unable to sell surplus equipment after a Nova Scotia gunman created a bogus cruiser as part of a killing spree and another man used a similar vehicle to try to pull drivers over. [node:read-more:link]

Nazi gear off-limits in Australia

Australia is planning legislation to criminalize the public display or sale of Nazi symbols and paraphernalia. “We’ve seen, very sadly, a rise in people displaying these vile symbols,” Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said today. “We will no longer allow people to profit from the display and sale of items which celebrate the Nazis and their evil ideology.” [node:read-more:link]

Commons passes gun bill

The federal government’s latest attempt to tighten firearms controls, Bill C-21, was passed by the House of Commons today. Now bound for the Senate and potential amendment, it was approved by most MPs except the Conservatives and two Liberals who represent northern ridings [node:read-more:link]

Bail reform bill tabled

Changes to Canada’s bail system proposed today by Justice Minister David Lametti would make it harder for some accused of serious violence to be released. Introduced in response to widespread provincial calls for action, Bill C-48 would amend the Criminal Code to provide for maximum 10-year sentences on weapons-related offences and repeat offenders would have show reverse onus to avoid pre-trial incarceration. [node:read-more:link]

More federal gun control funding

The federal government is earmarking $390 million over the next five years for provinces and territories to renew the fight against illegal firearms and gang violence. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said May 8 that the money includes support for police and prevention programs. [node:read-more:link]

Gun control plan revised

Three years after it had announced a sweeping ban on some 1,500 makes and models of “assault style” firearms, the government today introduced revised amendments to Bill-21 in response to owners’ criticism. They include a new definition Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said would keep AR-15s “off of our streets while at the same time respecting gun owners [node:read-more:link]

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