Surrey’s top cop has corrected himself on the purchase of ammunition and gang members.
Yesterday, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy told The Jill Bennett Show on CKNW that like guns, ammunition is easily accessible for gangsters.
Gun owners were quick to react on Twitter saying Fordy was wrong.
This morning he corrected himself.
“I said that I thought you could walk into a store and you could purchase ammunition. So it turns out point of that fact that I was incorrect, I’ve talked to a national Weapons Enforcement Security Team just to verify that fact, and I misspoke so I just want to phone and set the record straight.”
Tonight Surrey RCMP are hosting a community forum on the problem of gangs, drugs, and shootings.
It starts at 5:30pm at the Bell Performing Arts Centre on 144th Street.
Fordy’s comments yesterday
Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy spoke on CKNW’s Jill Bennett Show this morning, and suggested a permit is not required to buy ammunition for stolen handguns.
Fordy opened himself to be corrected, but says you can buy large volumes of ammunition without a permit or license.
Bennett asked him: “But if guns are stolen, how are the criminals then or the people that are stealing them buying ammunition for them? Don’t you need a gun permit to do that?”
Fordy: “No you don’t. You can walk in and buy ammunition, every bullet doesn’t have a serial number; it’s not tracked. You can buy large volumes of them. It doesn’t take a permit to go in and buy ammunition, no.”
“You can walk into Canadian tire this morning, I’m pretty confident or not to name that store but you can walk into a store where they have shot guns or certain other firearms, and I stand to be corrected but I’m pretty sure they can purchase ammunition and walk out and there’s no ability to tract that particular ammunition. You are correct, you do need PAL (Possession and Acquisition Licence), if you’re going to purchase a 9mm gun somewhere, that’s a different conversation.”
But according to the RCMP’s own Canadian Firearms Program, a license is needed to possess and register both a firearm AND ammunition.
His remarks follow the city’s 33rd shooting of the year.
By comparison, there were 47 last year.