RCMP admit they have removed “some” guns from homes in Fort McMurray. Is this once again an overreach by the RCMP?
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – RCMP have seized some guns following the fire in Fort McMurray, but won’t be a conducting a mass seizure of firearms like they did after the flood in southern Alberta.
Sgt. John Spaans said Tuesday that officers have taken one or two guns found in public places, but are not going into homes looking for more.
He said he’s not sure if the decision had anything to do with what happened in High River during the floods.
“That’s a decision that came through our unified command. I don’t know the rationale.”
Flood water forced thousands of people from their homes in High River in June 2013. As Mounties searched for people who were stranded in the town, they kicked in doors and took firearms.
The seizures angered residents and fostered mistrust of the national police force.
About 300 RCMP from Alberta and other provinces are in Fort McMurray and recently finished a door-to-door canvass of the community, said Spaans.