Four Historical Events that Involved Offences with Firearms
The Criminal Code of Canada offers provisions for the prosecution of individuals who commit offences with firearms and other weapons.
Some historical Canadian events that reflect firearms and weapons include:
The École Polytechnique Massacre in 1989: In this tragic event, a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec. The incident led to stricter gun control laws in Canada, including the creation of the Canadian Firearms Program and the requirement for firearms owners to have a license and register their firearms.
The Toronto Danforth shooting in 2018: In this incident, a man armed with a handgun opened fire on a busy street in Toronto, killing two people and injuring 13 others. The incident prompted calls for stricter gun control measures and led to the implementation of the Federal Firearms Marking Regulations in 2020, which requires firearms manufacturers and importers to mark all firearms with a unique serial number and country of origin.
The 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting: In this event, a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire in a mosque in Quebec City, killing six people and injuring 19 others. The incident prompted calls for stricter gun control laws and led to the passage of Bill C-71 in 2019, which strengthened background checks for gun owners and introduced new requirements for the storage and transportation of firearms.
The Moncton shooting in 2014: In this incident, a man armed with a rifle killed three police officers and injured two others in Moncton, New Brunswick. The incident led to the creation of the Moncton RCMP Shooting Review in 2015, which recommended a number of changes to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's policies and procedures related to firearms and weapons.
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