Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 16, 2006 14:30 ET

Canada and the United States Sign an Agreement to Tackle Gun Violence

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2006) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Canadian Minister of Public Safety, and the U.S. Attorney General, Alberto R. Gonzales, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the ninth annual Canada-United States Cross-Border Crime Forum to help solve cross-border crime investigations.

"Today's agreement will further enhance our ability to tackle gun violence on both sides of the border and keep our communities safe and secure," said Minister Day. "Our law enforcement agencies will be able to solve more crimes by connecting firearms and bullets used in one or more crime scenes across North America."

"This agreement paves the way for greater law enforcement collaboration between the United States and Canada," said Attorney General Gonzales. "It will aid criminal investigations involving firearms on both sides of the border and will help ensure the safety of citizens of both nations."

Currently, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), in concert with the provincial forensic laboratories can associate firearms from crime scenes and can trace guns used in one or more crime scenes in Canada, using Canadian-developed digital technology that studies the markings on bullets and cartridges.

With this agreement, the RCMP and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be able to compare evidence electronically across North America. Prior to the agreement, there was a limited manual exchange of gun, bullet and cartridge information, which was also time-consuming and cumbersome.

"Events such as this forum show that working cooperatively at the international level can make our streets and communities safer at the local level," said the Honourable Vic Toews, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. "These events allow law-enforcement and judicial officials to design and implement more effective strategies to limit cross-border crime."

Other key issues discussed at the Cross-Border Crime Forum included combating mass marketing fraud, organized crime, and firearms and drugs trafficking.

For further information on the announcement or for copies of the cross-border reports, visit www.psepc-sppcc.gc.ca or www.usdoj.gov.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    or
    U.S. Department of Justice
    The Office of Public Affairs
    202-514-2007