Saturday, September 29, 2012

Nunavut, RCMP target unsafe gun storage after dozens of firearm incidents

Guns are a necessary tool in the North -- but as in the South they are tools that need to be respected:

IQALUIT, Nunavut - RCMP and the Nunavut government are trying to change the territory's culture around the safe storage of firearms in response to dozens of gun incidents that have threatened police and civilians.
Hunting is part of life in the North, said Chief Supt. Steve McVarnock, but too often hunters coming in off the land don't take immediate steps to deactivate their guns.

"That's the type of mindset we want to start right from the get-go. When you come back to the community, you secure that weapon. You separate the ammunition from it. You secure it so that it is locked and very difficult to access," McVarnock said Friday.

RCMP in Nunavut are routinely called out over gun concerns.

Police statistics show the territory had a total of 118 gun offences in 2011. So far this year, police have responded 73 times to calls with "firearm implications."
Both civilians and police are being endangered

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