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StatsCan says 39% of deadly shootings gang-related

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‘There is currently little information publicly available which indicates origin of firearms used in crime to determine whether a firearm used in a crime was stolen, illegally purchased or smuggled into the country’

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It’s going to take years but Statistics Canada says it’s collecting information for the first time on the number of stolen and smuggled firearms used in Canadian gun crimes.

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“It may take a few years for these changes to be fully implemented,” StatsCan wrote in a report to the Commons public safety committee, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The extent to which organized crime is involved in firearm-related violence is currently unclear.”

In 2019, StatsCan added questions including weapon’s barrel lengths and whether the firearm was previously reported stolen in its yearly Homicide Survey questionnaires to police departments.

But staff reported the information collected was so incomplete it was unreliable.

However, the report Police-Related Statistics On Firearm Related Crime said most suspects arrested in fatal shootings did have criminal records and about 39% of fatal shootings were gangland slayings.

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“There is currently little information publicly available which indicates origin of firearms used in crime to determine whether a firearm used in a crime was stolen, illegally purchased or smuggled into the country,” said the report.

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Starting in 2021, StatsCan further expanded its police questionnaires in order to gather more data.

Police reported 277 fatal shootings Canada in 2020, which was the most recent available data, and that included the murder of 22 people in Nova Scotia, the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.

“Firearm-related violent crime typically represents less than 3% of police reported violent crime in Canada,” wrote analysts. “Nevertheless it has a significant emotional and physical impact on victims, families and communities.”

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