On September 24, 2020, Salim Slammy, a 27-year-old Toronto man, was arrested after a search of his home uncovered illegal drugs, large amounts of cash, two handguns and an automatic machine pistol.
- $40,000 in cash
- an unspecified amount of crystal methamphetamine
- an unspecified amount of MDMA
- an unspecified amount of cocaine
- two semi-automatic handguns
- one automatic machine pistol
Police estimated the seized drugs are worth roughly $130,000.
Salim Slammy now faces 15 criminal charges, including:
- possession of a prohibited firearm
- possession for the purpose of trafficking
- possession of the proceeds of crime
While the police news release did not specify whether or not Salim Slammy was previously prohibited from firearms, we can safely assume none of the firearms in his possession were legally acquired.
Drug dealers typically can’t pass the background check required to be granted a Possession and Acquisition License to legally own guns.
Mere citizens hope that taking automatic firearms from the hands of drug dealers like Salim Slammy is at the top of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair’s agenda.
They would be wrong.
Oh, so very wrong.
Unless firearms are legal and found in the possession of a federally-licensed gun owners, Minister Blair is thoroughly uninterested in confiscating them.
That’s probably why there was no corresponding press release from Public Safety Minister Bill Blair congratulating police on “taking guns off the street” – the case didn’t involve a legal gun owner.
The good Minister’s focus is not on disarming drug dealers, gang members and other violent criminals.
Aside from endlessly repeating his 2-year-old promise to “invest $327.6 million over five years” to combat gang violence and smuggled guns, Minister Blair is totally missing in action.
Also noticeably absent are press releases from the myriad organizations who claim to be against violence committed by these drug dealers and other violent criminals.
Like our feckless Minister of Public Safety, unless a policy announcement is aimed directly at law-abiding gun owners and the guns they own legally, these groups aren’t interested.
Minister Blair is far more interested in destroying the legal market for firearms with his “evergreen” banned guns list.
Minister Bill Blair, while speaking in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU), alluded to the fact destroying the Canadian firearms industry is his goal – not disarming violent criminals or drug dealers like Salim Slammy.
This should distress every Canadian – whether you own firearms or not – because when governments choose to ignore violent criminals in favour of “cracking down” on the people who are NOT shooting up downtown Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver they put all our lives at risk.
It doesn’t have to make sense – it’s government policy.