Chief Jim MacSween, the head of the York regional police has raised an alarm of the number of firearms crossing into Canada from the USA.
At a press conference on Wednesday, MacSween revealed that 80 to 90 per cent of the firearms they’re able to trace come from the United States.
“We’re in the process of tracing each and every one of the guns, but we believe most have been smuggled in from the U.S.,” MacSween said.
A reporter asked MacSween about that, noting that there have been efforts to expand control in Canada.
MacSween said he has talked to the federal government, adding that anything that can be done to take guns off the streets “is better for everyone.”
“I will say, and it’s a trend we are seeing, that more and more of our frontline officers are seizing guns day in and day out. That’s different than it was 10, 15, 20 years ago, right. It was rare to have that happen. So there are a lot more guns out there and you know as I mentioned earlier, they’re coming across the border.”
MacSween said while he doesn’t “have the answers” on what can be done to fix the problem, “something has to be done.”
“We’re concerned about the fact that more and more guns are showing up, whether it’s a carjacking or as we’re talking about here, theft of vehicles.”