On March 23, 2017, Peter Anthony Kampos walked into the Canadian Tire store in Terrace, B.C., and used his expired Possession and Acquisition Licence to buy an Aero Survival Rifle chambered in a 9mm Luger.
Peter Kampos then drove from Terrace to Prince George, then to Chilliwack, BC, shooting at the drivers of 22 transport trucks along the way. Only by a miracle were none of those drivers killed.
At Chilliwack Kampos left the Trans Canada Highway, drove through Sardis and out Chilliwack Lake Road to the Ford Mountain forest service road.
There he encountered Cameron Rose, who Kampos decided to kill.
Only by another miracle did Cameron Rose, his body riddled with bullets, survive.
All of this is recounted in an article by Patrick White, published in The Globe and Mail.
Also included in White’s article is his theory Peter Kampos took advantage of a loophole in Canada’s gun laws, but before his story even begins, White’s ignorance of Canadian firearms law is on full display.
The sub-head of White’s article states:
“The weapon and the process used to buy it are still legal today, despite Ottawa’s promises to crack down.”
Selling a firearm to a man with an expired firearms licence – “the process used to buy it” – isn’t a loophole, it’s a criminal offence.
Section 23 of the Firearms Act makes this abundantly clear.
No Canadian Tire staff member was charged with that particular criminal offence because, as White reports, the “RCMP investigation ‘deemed that all store policies were followed’.”
There is no store policy saying it’s permissible to sell a firearm to anyone with an expired Possession and Acquisition Licence in violation of the Firearms Act, so how the RCMP reached this determination is more than a little perplexing.
While I’m positive the Canadian Tire staff member who sold Kampos the gun felt terrible after learning what happened after the sale, the fact remains this individual committed a criminal offence.
White’s next so-called loophole is the fact many gun manufacturers build rifles that accept pistol magazines. The Aero Survival Rifle chambered in 9mm is one of many on the market.
White takes aim at this section of Canadian firearms law and insists this is why Cameron Rose almost died, instead of focusing on the real problem – how Peter Kampos came into possession of the gun he used to shoot Rose with in the first place.
Peter Anthony Kampos illegally purchased a firearm and ammunition from a retailer who did not follow procedure when selling firearms and ammunition.
Peter Anthony Kampos is a paranoid schizophrenic who attempted to kill 22 truck drivers and Cameron Rose for no other reason than they were in his path.
If the standard for compliance with the Firearms Act is “I didn’t mean to”, then we’re in for a world of trouble.
“The Aero Survival Rifle, for instance, remains non-restricted, 10-round magazine and all.”
The Aero Survival Rifle is not responsible for these crimes, Peter Anthony Kampos is.
This nonsense of blaming the item used to commit a crime instead of holding the criminal using that item responsible for their actions continues to baffle me.
Is it any wonder people don’t take our so-called justice system seriously? The system seems to say to criminals, “it’s not your fault, it’s your upbringing”; “it’s your mental health issues”; “it’s your race”; “it’s the color of your skin”; “it’s your country of origin”.
Anything and everything except holding the individual responsible for their actions.
It certainly doesn’t help when so-called news reporters make their personal political agendas the main priority of their stories.
As for our national failure to deal with mental health issues, Cameron Rose says it best.
“I do feel that talk of guns is just a distraction from the real issue, which is the lack of a national mental-health program. I have no confidence that this dire and inexcusable deficiency will ever be addressed.”
The trial of Peter Anthony Kampos is on hold indefinitely. His mental condition continued to deteriorate until, in late 2018, he was transferred from the Surrey Pre-Trial Detention Centre to Colony Farm forensic psychiatric hospital, where he remains to this day.
Final Note: I wish Cameron Rose every success as he continues to recover from his wounds, both physical and psychological. I cannot imagine recovering from the trauma of being shot once, let alone five times.