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Chicago Gun Violence – Concealed Carry in Canada


Chicago Gun Violence – Concealed Carry in Canada

Another weekend in Chicago has been marred by gun violence. Three people were killed and 19 were wounded in shootings across the city, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Alexandra Burgos, 18, was shot and killed by stray bullets that came through a window Sunday at 12 a.m. The young woman was sitting in an apartment when she was hit in the head. Burgos was pronounced dead at a local medical center an hour later.
A shooting early Saturday led to the killing of Genorel Martin, a 24-year-old man. Police say his attacker opened fire on Martin as he opened the door of the vestibule in his apartment building. He died at the scene of the shooting.
Travis L. Wright, 21, became another victim of gun violence Saturday morning. He was found in the backseat of a vehicle with bullet wounds to his chest and arm. He was pronounced dead before he could be taken to the hospital for treatment.
As of Oct. 20, 2014, there have been 286 victims to gun violence in Chicago, according to data compiled by Red Eye Chicago homicide tracker.

Illinois Senate and Governor Candidates in Gun Denial

It barely made headlines earlier this month. A man with an assault rifle fired at a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line train around noon on a weekday in Chicago’s busy downtown. Police arrested Lorenzo Jones, 25, preventing what might have become Chicago’s own Long Island Rail Road Massacre (in which 6 were killed and 19 wounded in 1993). Jones had an extensive arrest record but also a valid Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) said police. He had carried 60 rounds of ammunition.

A chilling Chicago Police Department report in May disclosed that almost 60 percent of crime guns recovered in Chicago were originally sold in states with weaker laws and suspect Jones’ weapon was a case in point. It came from Indiana as did a weapon with which two Chicago police officers were also shot earlier in the month. According to the police report Indiana, Wisconsin and Mississippi “all permit gun owners to sell their guns to other people without any background checks of the new buyer or paperwork recording the sale.” The citizens of Chicago thank you.

Applications to carry handguns skyrocket in B.C., Alberta

Applications to carry handguns have skyrocketed in B.C. and Alberta in the past three years – likely driven by demand among people who work in the bush and want portable protection against wildlife.

Rates have held steady in the rest of Canada, according to RCMP figures show released in response to an access-to-information request.

We don’t know how many of these applications were approved because the RCMP won’t tell us.

We also don’t know how many were for concealed-carry permits for people facing “criminal threats” and how many are for openly carrying handguns in wilderness areas to defend against wildlife. RCMP Staff. Sgt. Julie Gagnon refused to break out the two categories.

The RCMP’s access-to-information office also refused to make that distinction, citing a section of the federal Access to Information Act exempting “information the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to threaten the safety of individuals.”

Under the Criminal Code, handguns require an “authorization to carry.”
The number of “authorizations to carry” issued averages 8,169 per year.
Most authorizations go to armoured car guards and people working in remote wilderness areas.

The death of an Alberta peace officer has once again led to questions about who should be allowed to carry handguns in Canada.

Rod Lazenby’s death on Aug. 10 led to charges of first degree murder against Trevor Kloschinsky.

On-duty police officers can carry handguns. But Lazenby, a retired Mountie who was working as a bylaw officer in the Foothills district, south of Calgary, was believed to be unarmed.

News reports said most Foothills district peace officers are armed only with pepper spray and a baton. But Lazenby was reported to be a level-two peace officer who did not even carry that equipment.