On November 30 or December 1, 2020, career criminal Jacques Roy got into an argument with someone, shot them in the leg and then fled the scene. At the time of this shooting, Jacques Roy was under a Firearms Prohibition Order, the result of previous violent crimes.
Police charged Jacques Roy with:
- Possession of a firearm or weapon contrary to prohibition order (2 counts)
- Uttering threats;
- Aggravated assault;
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm;
- Using a firearm while committing an offence;
and a host of other weapons, drug-trafficking and breach of probation offences.
Police issued a warning that Jacques Roy should be considered armed and dangerous while they searched for him.
On January 1, 2021, police arrested Jacques Roy and he was apparently held on the criminal charges listed above.
At some point between January 1, 2021, and September 9, 2021, Jacques Roy was released from jail – presumably on bail pending trial for breaching his last Firearms Prohibition Order and other offences.
On September 9, 2021, news outlets report Jacques Roy was arrested again and charged with three counts of possession of a firearm or weapon contrary to a prohibition order, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of break-in tools, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and four counts of breach of probation.
On these latest charges, he was supposed to appear on court on October 18, 2021. I say “supposed to” because there is no record of his trial or, I would hope, his conviction for multiple breaches of multiple Firearms Prohibition Orders on CanLII.org, the Canadian Legal Information Institute’s database of court records.
What I do know is this.
On March 14, 2022, Jacques Roy was arrested again and charged with four more counts of Possession of a Firearm and/or Ammunition Contrary to a Prohibition Order and a host of other weapons and violence-related offences.
Here’s what baffles me and, I hope, baffles you.
After repeated arrests for drug trafficking, violence and breaching numerous Firearm prohibition Orders, why was Jacques Roy not in jail?
Why won’t our our judicial system protect society from proven threats to public safety, like Jacques Roy?
Clearly a piece of paper issued by a judge (a Firearm Prohibition Order) won’t stop young Mr. Roy from getting his filthy mitts on illegal guns, ammunition and drugs.
Jacques Roy knows the same thing I do about our so-called justice system, specifically as it relates to Firearm Prohibition Orders.
A Firearm Prohibition Order is just a useless piece of paper.
No matter how many times they violate their many Firearm Prohibition Orders, the next judge will do the same thing as the last judge – release them from jail, again, so they can commit more crimes. Again.
The System is Broken
People with a history of violent offences are a proven danger to public safety, yet these are the people our government refuses to check on or track.
- No police agency in Canada tracks individuals with Firearm Prohibition Orders registered against them.
- There is no legal requirement for police to track individuals with Firearm Prohibition Orders registered against them or routinely check on them to ensure compliance.
- There is no legal requirement for individuals with Firearm Prohibition Orders to notify police when they move to a new residence. Police have no idea where these people are.
As you will see if you study any of the cases on my media tracking page for Firearm Prohibition Order Violators, the only way these offenders are discovered is when police arrest them for some other crime. Only after their arrest on other charges do police realize the offender is the subject of a Firearms Prohibition Order.
If you feel so inclined…
Please contact Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and encourage him to fix our broken Firearm Prohibition Order system so repeat violent offenders like Teneal Richards are not given a free pass to offend again.
Send your letter, postage-free, to:
Minister Marco Mendicino
511 Lawrence Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario M6A 1A3