West Shore, BC – On September 15th 2020, West Shore RCMP frontline officers along with the Bike Patrol Unit executed a search warrant for a property near the 600 block of Phelps Rd in Langford.
West Shore RCMP received a report of multiple firearms inside a residence on Phelps Rd. A witness described to police that one of the firearms looked like a prohibited machine gun. Police learned that the tenant of the property did not have a valid firearms licence thus investigators executed a search warrant in order to seize the firearms.
Police seized one .303 rifle along with 36 replica firearms varying from assault style machine guns and long guns to hand guns. Investigators are still examining the replica firearms to determine if any have been altered to perform like a real firearm. We do come across replica firearms which are not illegal to possess. However, the sheer quantity of replica firearms found openly laying round this home alongside a real .303 rifle is a public safety concern. The suspect in this investigation does not have a valid firearms licence,said Cst. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer.
The suspect in this investigation is identified as a 62 year old male who has a lengthy criminal record and has other unrelated matters before the courts. This investigation is on going and firearm charges for unauthorized possession of the rifle are pending.
West Shore RCMP
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