Ghost guns made using parts designed by 3D printers are in high demand among criminals.
So, we have an impact on public safety, but this impact is fragile. We must maintain the CENTAURE strategy and that is what we are going to do, affirms the senior officer of the SQ, who considers that there is still a lot of work to be done to weaken the trafficking networks .
Partnerships have been strengthened with the Ontario Provincial Police, including its Guns and Gangs unit, as well as with the Ontario Provincial Police. with American police agencies.
The government's envelope of 246 million made it possible not only to mobilize more than 100 full-time police officers in the fight against arms trafficking, but also to permanently send Quebec police officers to American soil and Ontario.
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Since the strategy took effect, gun-related arrests have jumped 100%; the number of traditional firearms seized increased by 493%, while the number of homemade weapons seized increased by 945%.
This is a very good step in the right direction, considering that gun violence is associated with the impulsive crime of street gangs, notes Francis Langlois, associate researcher at the Observatory on the United States of America. the Raoul-Dandurand Chair, at UQAM, and specialist in firearms.
Among the approximately 246 million dollars devoted to CENTAURE, an amount of 108 million is intended to be invested in prevention and community projects.
Repression is essential and, fortunately, in the CENTAURE strategy, there is a prevention component which is essential to divert young individuals, who could be candidates for obtaining a weapon, towards options outside of crime, explains the university researcher. /p>
Last January, the Sûreté du Québec set up a Quebec Firearms Screening Center to trace the origins of these weapons.
The police can therefore better target trafficking networks by knowing where illegal weapons are initially purchased.
Still according to Inspector Patenaude, 40% of handguns used in cases of armed violence come from the United States, while another 40% are weapons whose parts partly come from the United States. ;3D printing.
Some 10 months after the strategy came into force, 1,900 weapons were analyzed by SQ investigators . They now know that the weapons used in the greater Montreal metropolitan area came from the states of Texas, Ohio and Florida.
If there are firearms coming from states as far from Quebec as Texas and Florida, that requires a structure. It takes organized crime structures to repatriate these weapons, explains Inspector Patenaude.
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116