In so far as the Ministry of the Solicitor General of Canada and its agency is concerned, the answer is as follows.
The statistics requested respecting the number of crimes that have been solved by tracing the firearm back to the registered owner are not kept at this time and are therefore not available. The National Tracing Centre of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Firearms Registration and Administration Sections (FRAS) which was implemented in January 1995 received 131 trace requests from Canadian police agencies up to December 1995. Of these traces, 64 firearms were traceable to either a dealer or an owner. However, these traces involved unregistered firearms.
The funds expended by the government to operate the restricted weapon registration system and FRAS are as follows:
95/96 904,528.72 94/95 1,488,376.96 93/94 1,442,963.32 92/93 1,379,251.41 91/92 1,244,858.45 90/91 1,237,759.89 89/90 1,021,127.62 88/89 916,559.88 87/88 947,322.38 86/87 923,422.24 85/86 726,194.71 84/85 614,634.51 83/84 585,661.15 82/83 546,206.50 81/82 528,265.50 80/81 531,091.39 89/80 415,654.21 78/79 1,108,151.33 Total: $16,562,030.17
The source of these figures is the RCMP's finance and supply branch. Since 1978 the reports available do not have unit names or collator numbers identifying them. They are identified by unit financial code (UFC) and these may have changed over time. The only way to ensure that we are using the correct UFC is to factor in program activity structure (PAS) for that period. Unfortunately, we do not have a PAS before 1978.