Firearms association wants High River gun grab inquiry

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:39 PM ET

OTTAWA — The National Firearms Association is calling for a high-calibre judicial inquiry into RCMP actions during summer flooding in High River, Alta.

President Sheldon Clare said he’s glad the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP is examining the decision of Mounties to enter homes and seize legally owned rifles and shotguns, but he believes that investigation won’t “dig deep enough to find out why” that happened.

“For that reason, there simply must be a full judicial inquiry with a broad mandate to determine what happened and why in High River. The problem is far beyond one of police policy and procedure,” Clare said in a statement Tuesday.

Clare said he’s especially interested in whether the Alberta government played a role.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay said he hasn't ruled out calling an inquiry.

“We have not really had an opportunity to look into the merits of this,” MacKay said. “I would want to speak firstly to (Public Safety) Minister (Steven) Blaney to get his read on whether this is even something we would even contemplate.”