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Gun Marking Photo

Ministry of the Attorney General

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In a joint May 26, 2008 letter to the federal government, Attorney General Chris Bentley and Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci outlined three ways to target the flow of guns coming into Canada from the United States, without slowing cross-border trade.

One proposal, pictured here, is to require the marking of imported firearms to help police trace illegal guns.  Gun marking helps police trace weapons used in crime to determine where they were diverted from legal use and to assist in breaking up gun smuggling rings.  Once a firearm is legally imported into Canada, it should have to be marked by the importer, which helps police speed up gun crime investigations, trace the origins of guns used in crime, and identify trends.

This proposal is part of the McGuinty government's four-point plan to protect Ontario communities from gun violence.

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