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e-982 (Police officers)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Mark Clements from Moncton, New Brunswick, on July 27, 2017, at 9:35 a.m. (EDT)
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Carrying concealed weapons
Firearms
Police officers
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • On average there are 150 officers for every 100 000 citizens. Less than 70% are on the street.
  • The rate of police strength has now declined for four consecutive years.
  • Due to the changing context of police work and criminal activity, demands on policing is being challenged.
  • As per No. 5, police response times are ever increasing.
  • Criminals are on the go 24/7 and do not follow the laws. Terrorism is on the rise.
  • The majority of officers work alone in a car or municipality with no on duty backup.
  • Officers carry one service pistol with a shotgun or carbine locked in the police vehicle.
  • Officers are not allowed to carry a backup firearm, nor conceal carry one when off duty.
  • We trust the police to carry a firearm while on duty, so we should trust them to conceal carry when off duty.
  • We trust the police to carry a firearm when employed, so we should trust them to conceal carry when retired.
  • At any given time there are more off duty and retired officers around than the on duty officer.
  • Allowing on duty officers to carry a backup firearm will make their lives safer and in turn the public safer.
  • Allowing off duty and retired officers conceal carry a firearm will make them safer and the public safer.
We, the undersigned, Citizen of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to: Allow on duty officers to carry a backup firearm on their person. Allow off duty officers to conceal carry a firearm. Allow retired police officers to conceal carry a firearm.
Beauséjour
Liberal
New Brunswick
Petition presented to the House of Commons on December 12, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01973)
Government response tabled on January 29, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-01)
Open for signature : July 27, 2017, at 9:35 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : November 24, 2017, at 9:35 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
180
British Columbia
152
Manitoba
38
New Brunswick
27
Newfoundland and Labrador
13
Northwest Territories
8
Nova Scotia
35
Ontario
256
Prince Edward Island
2
Quebec
55
Saskatchewan
42
Yukon
1
Other Countries
1
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