Gunfire Events | “Repeated incidents” with the same weapon

Police are finding that, increasingly, the same handgun has been used at more than one scene where shots were fired.

Posted at 5:00 a.m.

Daniel Renaud
The Press

This was confirmed by one of the leaders of the fight against firearms in Quebec, Inspector Michel Patenaude, of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), in an interview with The Press recently.

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Michel Patenaude, Sûreté du Québec inspector

Inspector Patenaude, who does not, however, have supporting statistics, thus agrees with a ballistics expert from the Laboratory of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Medicine, Manuel Tousignant, who had reported this finding. to The Press a few weeks ago.

Michel Patenaude wonders if the price of handguns on the black market, which currently varies between $4,000 and $8,000, could explain this situation.

“Before, weapons, when they were used for a crime, were abandoned or destroyed. But now they are resold or reused. At the price they cost them, they are less inclined to get rid of them. In our investigations, we target people who make repeated incidents until we get our hands on it, ”explains the SQ officer.

Up to $8,000 for a handgun on the black market is a relatively high price that could be explained by higher demand, the inspector believes.

There is currently more demand, that we know. There are also more guns in circulation. We see it through our searches and our orientations. It becomes a lifestyle for some criminals.

Michel Patenaude, SQ inspector

“When there is greater demand, importers import more and raise prices,” says Mr. Patenaude, who clarifies that it is not because of scarcity that there has been an increase in prices of illegal firearms.

No monopoly

According to our information obtained from police and criminal sources, fraud allows individuals, sometimes very young, to obtain handguns at this price.

“Drug trafficking, pimping, fraud… Armed individuals lend themselves to these activities. We, what we see above all, among armed people, are people who are linked to drug trafficking, ”says the inspector.

According to the police officer, in the vast majority, it is Glock type pistols of 9 mm caliber that are used at crime scenes.

A “high proportion” of these weapons are imported from the United States. The importation of illegal weapons into Quebec is not the work of a single organization or a typical importer profile.

“We don’t have a standard profile. It’s not like drug control in Quebec, where the Hells Angels have the monopoly and receive a rebate. No one has a monopoly. So far, what we see are really several small cells that are importing. We also note that those who engage in the importation of cocaine have entry points; we can therefore assume that they also import firearms,” concludes Mr. Patenaude.

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The article is in French

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