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A former police officer illegally sold hundreds of guns last year, including one found with two Canadians later accused in a terrorist plot in Toronto, federal authorities said.
Mark Nelson, 35, of Johnstown, has put more guns on the streets than anyone arrested in Ohio in at least 30 years, said Pat Berarducci, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Former U.S. cop sold gun to Cdn. terror suspects
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of an offender who was living at a minimum security native healing lodge near Harrison, B.C.
Thirty-four-year-old Darrell McCaig escaped from the lodge today. He is serving a 17-year, 11-month sentence for a string of offences including attempted murder, two counts of robbery and assault with a weapon.
Canada-wide warrant issued for B-C escapee with a violent history
With police hot on his tail Sunday night, the 33-year-old career criminal - on the lam from his parole officer - barricaded himself in a portable toilet at Centennial Park in Mission.
With officers surrounding the porta-potty, Mission RCMP Const. Tom Behm said McCaig threatened police not to come in "because he had a knife."
Correctional Service of Canada officials say McCaig had just been given statutory release July 13 after serving two-thirds of a 17-year, 10-month sentence for 21 serious offences between 1990 and 1997. Some of those offences included forcible confinement, two break-ins, assault with a weapon, use of a firearm and robbery. McCaig will stay in jail until the National Parole Board decides when he should be released again.
Standoff ends when fugitive emerges from portable toilet
Another sore point arises from the federal government's licencing scheme. Before a woman can get a firearm licence (possession and acquisition licence, or PAL), she has to take a Canadian Firearms Safety Course. Then she has to apply for the PAL.
If she is a woman who is in imminent danger from a man who is stalking her, it is often because she has dumped him and left him, and he refuses to respect her decision. She may be justifiably terrified of him, but our society does not recognize her legitimate fears or allow her the means to protect her own life and the lives of her children from his criminal violence. The police will not, cannot, and do not provide a sentry to stand watch over her, even if they know that her fears are justified. She stands alone.
Because he is twice her size, she decides that she needs a firearm so that she can arrest him the next time he violates the court order to stay away from her. She takes the course, and starts to fill out the application for a PAL. Item 18 requires her to tell the bureaucrat who will process the form the name and address and contact information for the man she has dumped and left. It also contains this paragraph:
* "The signature of your former spouse, common-law partner or other conjugal partner is not legally required. However, if their signature is not provided, the Chief Firearms Officer has a duty [emphasis added] to notify them of your application."
Chilling, isn’t it? The government wants to warn him that she wants a PAL. And regulation 4(1) says that the CFO "Shall, at least 15 days before issuing" a [PAL] to her, "give notice of the application...to each current or former spouse of common-law partner…"
That gives him a minimum of 15 clear days to kill her before she can possibly be able to protect herself from his criminal violence.
Additionally, the CFO is forbidden to issue her PAL until "at least 28 days have elapsed since the application was made…" There is no limit on how long he can delay issuance without formally refusing to issue. A formal refusal would allow her to haul him into court for unlawful refusal. Many bureaucrats use that loophole to refuse to issue by refusing to decide whether or not to issue. Such delays can run on for months or even years.
The province's Special Investigations Unit has been called in following a deadly confrontation between a suspect and police in York Region.
According to the SIU officers went to a house near Mulock Dr. and Leslie St. in Newmarket Thursday afternoon after receiving a break-and-enter call. At some point shots were fired by police and the 27-year-old suspect was fatally struck.