Ontario, Canada – Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers in Northwestern Ontario were busy over the month of September with seizures of undeclared firearms.
At the Fort Frances port of entry (POE), an undeclared loaded revolver was discovered in the motorhome of a United States (U.S.) visitor on September 21. A 71-year-old North Carolina resident was seeking entry to tour Canada when he was referred for secondary examination. He was subsequently arrested and the firearm was seized. The CBSA Criminal Investigation Division released him on a recognizance to appear in a Fort Frances court scheduled for November 21, 2016. A CAN$1,000 penalty was applied for the release on his motorhome before he was allowed to return to the U.S.
On September 27, a 66-year-old Texas man was referred for a vehicle examination at the Pigeon River POE. He declared no weapons or firearms when asked at the primary inspection lane. Officers found a loaded 9-mm pistol and magazine in a bag behind the driver’s seat. He was arrested for smuggling and the case was turned over to CBSA’s Criminal Investigation Division. The traveller was released on a US$300 recognizance to appear in court on November 22, 2016 in Thunder Bay. A CAN$2,000 penalty was assessed and paid for the return of the vehicle. The handgun and a total of 13 rounds in a 17-round magazine were subsequently seized prior to his return to the U.S.
Charges are pending in both cases.
“These seizures are an important reminder to travellers to declare all firearms upon entry to Canada. I am proud of how diligently our officers work to fulfill the important role they play in keeping our communities safe.” – Tuula Schuler, CBSA Northwestern Ontario District Director
As of April 1, 2016, CBSA officers at Pigeon River and Fort Frances have seized six undeclared firearms.
Travellers can avoid firearms charges by simply declaring all guns in their possession at the first opportunity when entering Canada.
Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)