WHEREAS; everyday communities in all regions of not only Ontario bu Canada are telling their Police Chiefs that they want safer communities, less crime and violence and a greater sense of security; and
WHEREAS; the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police is dedicated to the well being of society and the protection of the public; and
WHEREAS; the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police has assumed a strong leadership role vis a vis curbing youth crime and violence; and
WHEREAS; the proliferation of handguns, especially in the hands of our youths, is rising at such an alarming rate that it is instilling fear not only in the law abiding members of our communities but police officers alike; and
WHEREAS; handguns are now being used by young people more and more often, as a means of dealing with conflicts and disputes, resulting in unnecessary injuries and deaths; and
WHEREAS; present sentencing practices in our Courts are such that they have not been a deterrent to those who continue to unlawfully carry handguns on their persons; and
WHEREAS; complacency and indifference in the face of this very serious community issue is likely the greatest threat to the carrying of handguns becoming an acceptable phenomenon in Canadian Society; and
WHEREAS; the Minister of Justice of Canada in a recent press release stated on behalf of his government that, "We are making a commitment to our children and our children's children, that Canada will not tolerate violence in our streets and homes."
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police urges the Government of Canada to enact legislation which would impose a mandatory minimum jail term of two (2) years consecutive to any other term in sentencing for everyone who is convicted of carrying a handgun on his/her person without lawful authority; and
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police urge the Attorney General of Ontario, the Solicitor General of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Service Boards, and any and all community organizations to support the call of the OACP for a mandatory minimum jail term for persons convicted of carrying a handgun on his/her person without lawful authority.