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In yet another stunning example of the ineptness of Canada's Firearms Act comes a news report out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
20-year-old Jeremy Kyle St. Germain was arrested on August7th, after managing to get himself shot. Jeremy was already under a firearms prohibition from an earlier bout of "stupid human tricks". Naturally, as a criminal with a firearms prohibition order in place, Canada's gun laws don't affect him at all.
He is not checked on, his home is not subject to random searches, and there is no registry to track him.
That's all reserved for law-abiding gun owners who applied for and were granted firearms licenses, aka government permission slips, to own firearms.
Not Jeremy. He knows what everyone with an ounce of common sense knows... gun laws only affect those willing to abide by them. Jeremy is clearly not one of those people.
Jeremy is charged with the following, in connection with his getting shot:
- Breach of Probation
- Fail to Comply with Condition Recognizance
- Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
- Possession of Weapon Obtained by Crime
- Possession of Firearm, etc, while Prohibited X2
- Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/ ammunition
What's awesome about these charges is what it tells us about the effectiveness of Canada's Gun Laws, or more importantly, the LACK of effectiveness of those laws.
Charge: Possession of Firearm, etc, while Prohibited -- He already had a firearm prohibition order against him.
Charge: Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/ ammunition -- he had a loaded handgun
Charge: Possession of Weapon Obtained by Crime -- He stole the handgun from a law-abiding gun owner, or got the handgun from someone else who did.
Charge: Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose -- he was, while in possession of the stolen handgun, behaving poorly and making himself a threat to others.
Charge: Breach of Probation -- This ain't his first run-in with the law, and he doesn't care about complying with the rules of "polite society".
The 16-year-old that shot him has similarly been charged. The 16-year-old was also under a firearms prohibition order, which tells us he's also been in some serious trouble before.
And it tells us the most important thing of all: Canada's Firearms Act is a complete and utter failure when it comes to violent criminals.
Write your MP today and demand they vote in favour of Bill C-391. Don't worry, it won't affect Jeremy's stolen handgun, or any other criminal's handgun. Handguns have been registered since 1934, and Bill C-39 isn't going to change that.
Even if it should.