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New provincial firearms lab

New provincial firearms lab

Police in BC will have one more tool to help suppress organized crime and gun violence, thanks to a newly opened provincial forensic firearms lab.
The BC Provincial Forensic Firearms Laboratory will be a centralized firearms intelligence hub, helping increase police capacity to analyze illegal firearms used for criminal activity and seized by police.
“This lab is another step in our government’s effort to address gang activity and gun violence in communities across BC,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “It will help police build intelligence on illegal firearms, including those used in gang-related shootings, and aid in prosecutions, so that dangerous criminals can be put behind bars and are no longer putting British Columbians at
Funded at $1.2 million through the federal Guns and Gangs Violence Action Fund and established under the Organized Crime Agency of BC, the lab is a key component of the Gang Suppression Action Plan, which targets multi-sector law enforcement, government and community support and disruption of organized crime and associated violence.

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