Violent crimes involving guns are a major concern for lawmakers and police forces across the country. As Ontario faces rising criminal law issues involving firearms across the province, many people are asking questions about where the seemingly growing supply of guns is coming from. A recent journalistic investigation suggests that while there are theories about the origins of these weapons, the truth about where they come from is currently unknown.
RCMP representatives have been quoted as saying that most firearms involved in gun-related crimes come from domestic sources. However, the source of this claim has yet to be validated. This is difficult to do, as there is no nationwide source of data for information regarding where guns involved in crimes come from.
For this reason, it is difficult to tell whether guns involved in these cases are sourced domestically or come from the neighbouring United States. Some individuals, including Canada's Public Safety Minister, claim that an increasing amount of guns involved in crimes are from sources within the country. However, the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit from the Ontario Provincial Police claim 77 percent of firearms involved in such crimes are traced to the United States.
The investigative report identified that a lack of data is making it difficult for individuals involved in criminal law in Ontario to understand where the province's increased gun violence is coming from. As of right now, the only reliable source of data that can be identified by news sources is the number of firearms stolen in break and enter cases. Those who are accused of a break and enter crime or of a criminal offence involving a gun should speak to a lawyer to understand their options and rights under Ontario's legal system.