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Feds share details on how it plans to crack down on gun, gang violence

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The federal government is beginning to detail how it plans to fight gun and gang violence.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has announced Ottawa is giving the Canada Border Services Agency more than $51 million and the RCMP another $35 million.

“Gun and gang violence are serious problems, not just for certain people or certain communities. Gang activity and the violence that comes with it are everyone’s problem,” Goodale said.

“As a former police officer, I know that the integrated enforcement approach — where they gather intelligence related to firearms, trafficking and smuggling activities and share it between law enforcement officials — is a crucial element in getting illegal guns off our streets,” Border Security Minister Bill Blair added.

Goodale says a meeting in Surrey earlier this year helped the feds come up with their plan to spend a total of $327 million over the next five years to address the problems around guns and gangs.