“Registered firearms pose a risk” say BC RCMP

Latest BC Gun Amnesty program material from the official BC RCMP Twitter says “even registered firearms pose a risk”, asks owners to turn them in.

As if the RCMP hasn’t learned their lesson on needlessly attacking licensed firearms owners, the official Twitter of the BC RCMP shared an image with the caption “Even registered firearms pose a risk. Lock them securely or turn them in and be worry free #bcgunamnesty” and the text “prevent unnecessary tragedies. Turn in unwanted weapons” laid over the image.

Interestingly,  the image features a pistol being stored inside a drawer without a trigger or cable lock and readily available to ammunition – something  all responsible firearms owners in Canada know is against the law.

The post is just one of many being shared on various official Twitter accounts belonging to the BC RCMP and municipal police agencies in the province. They come as part of the BC RCMP’s month-long gun amnesty program that was announced in April.

A common theme among the posts is generic fear mongering that criminals are going to break into your home and steal your firearms, demonstrated succinctly by an image with the text “Unwanted guns? Who’s picking yours up?” overlaid two scenes – one showing police officers collecting them and the other criminals stealing them.

According to the announcement made by the BC RCMP, the program “will help remove firearms from the community, eliminating the risk of them falling into the hands of criminals or being part of a tragic and unfortunate circumstance”.

“Many people inherit firearms or keep them as souvenirs without realizing the risk these and all weapons pose in the wrong hands”, said the Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety of British Columbia, Mike Morris. “The upcoming Gun Amnesty is an important part of the work we are doing with police agencies throughout the province to stop guns and gangs in BC.”

According to BC RCMP Commanding Officer Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, 60% of weapons used in criminal activity and tragic accidents are “sourced domestically”.

Despite the offer to collect the unwanted firearms without risk of being charged criminally – as long as the firearms were not used in the commission of an offense – the RCMP do not offer any sort of compensation even for guns that hold historical or cultural significance, which are then typically destroyed.

This practice has prompted gun stores like Reliable Gun, Wanstalls, and Lever Arms to offer their own amnesty programs that preserve the value of the firearms and compensates the previous owners by consigning or buying the guns for future sale.

If you have unwanted firearms, please research your options before giving them away to the RCMP.

  • Bobd06

    Good on the gun stores for doing this as long as the amnesty still applies!

  • Terry Sobkowich

    What about those assault rifles …er patrol carbines that seem to be getting stolen from the police lately, do they not pose a risk?

  • As solid citizens, law-abiding gun owners are much less likely to be
    violent than other Canadians. Firearm owners have been screened for
    criminal records since 1979, and it has been illegal since 1992 for
    people with a violent record to own a firearm. Gun owners may be
    compared with other Canadians by calculating the homicide rate per
    100,000. Statistics Canada reports that 194 licensed gun owners were
    accused of committing murder over the 16-year period (1997-2012), or an
    average of 12 owners per year out of an annual average of 2 million
    licensed firearms owners. This gives a homicide rate of 0.60 per 100,000
    licensed gun owners. Over the same 16-year period, there were 9,315
    homicides in total, or an average national homicide rate of 1.81 per
    100,000 people in the general population (including gun owners). In
    other words, Canadians who do not have a firearms license are three
    times more likely to commit murder than those who have a license.
    Source: G Mauser, Special Request Statistics Canada, CCJS, Homicide Survey, 2014 extraction.

    Stolen firearms have not been found to be a major contributor to crime.
    According to the Toronto Police, between 2% and 20% of “crime guns”
    (depending upon the year) have been stolen from a lawful owner. In a
    2014 Special Request to Statistics Canada it was found that just 6% of
    firearms used in murder had ever been registered, implying that firearms
    stolen from law-abiding owners must be even fewer than that.
    Philip J. Cook, Wendy Cukier and Keith Krause report similar findings
    in their article, The illicit firearms trade in North America,
    Criminology and Criminal Justice, August 2009 vol. 9 no. 3 265-286.

  • Jim_Pook

    More liberal-anti-gun fearmongering by the RCMP.
    I have not trusted the RCMP since they sided with Alan Rock in 1995 to support the long-gun registry and gun-owner licensing. Neither should you.

    • c smythe

      yep, yew called it, pard. never thought I would feel shame for being canadian. sigh, oh canada, where have you gone?

  • Jim_Pook

    Let me see if I have this right – The pony boys want us to hand over our $1,400 hunting rifles, without compensation, because we can not be trusted to keep them safely, in spite of the fact that we have owned them without incident for some 30, 40, or more years.
    Got it.

  • Gordon Blakeburn

    When the states enforcers fear the best of Canadians owning firearms you have to wonder why they want a disarmed citizenry? What is the state going to be forcing the people to do next that requires this disarming? I for one will be watching closer now.

    • c smythe

      they gonna make us cheer and wave flags at trudeau in january. cattle prods and lies aboot free beer . . .

  • c smythe

    another friggin sob story, cops are runnin scared because of budget cuts, there ain’t enough of em. but as we all know the gangs in van don’t register. now may I suggest the po po treat us minions a little better, perhaps people would feel less like shooting them. a cop, being sarcastic once said – yea, sure the jails are full of innocents.
    my experience recently, I come to believe it true. I am ashamed of the RCMP and I believe there is no place for truth in canadian court rooms. then they elected trudeau.
    the terrorists are giddy with joy because they are MASTERS of corruption. p.s. terrorists don’t register neither . . .

  • J. gM

    The 60 % figure thrown by gun prohibition advocates adds apples (tragic accidents) and oranges (criminal activity).

    Of course, one should expect that a tragic accident involves a “domestically sourced” (not smuggled) firearm. And a much lower proportion for firearms used in criminal activities are domestically sourced.

    A few years ago, an Ontario police bureaucrat paraded this 60 % canard. Immediately questioned by a professor from the Simon Fraser Institute (BC) as to which numbers justified this 60 % figure, said official back-pedaled the next day admitting that he had no hard numbers to justify this statement which he said he repeated because it sounded reasonable to him.

    Phony statistics are the trademark of the gun prohibition lobby. Repeat the lie often enough is sufficient justification for the progressive-leaning mainstream media to present such fabrications as established fact.

    This is the same kind of lie that is going on in the USA, conflating 20,000 suicides with 10,000 homicides (silencing the fact the 75 % of these homicides are committed by criminal street gang members murdering each other and also lumping in criminals shot by their intended victims acting in self-defense). This trick allows the gun confiscation lobby to misrepresent the yearly 2,000 or so genuine victims of homicide with firearms by exaggerating the number to 30,000 innocent victims a year.

    That 60 % canard falls straight in the 2nd category of the “lies, damned lies and statistics” bit.

  • Kindanyume

    rcmp once again f’ing the dog and proving how beyond retarded they are… absolutely pathetic.

  • Concerned citizen

    When can we go ahead and fire dozens of these corrupted totalitarians. We need a civilian oversight committee right now!!!

  • Jeremiah Bullfrog

    I’m still waiting for their heroin, meth and cocaine buybacks to work.