U.S. residents nailed for guns at the border 0
Border officials say four U.S. residents who tried crossing into Canada with undeclared guns in separate incidents have now been convicted of smuggling and firearms offences.
A Pennsylvania man was fined $2,500 after officers found a loaded .380-calibre handgun in a cabinet behind the driver’s seat at the Pacific Highway crossing. An Alabama man was dinged $5,000 for an undeclared .40-calibre pistol in a duffle bag on his motorcycle at the Peace Arch point of entry. A California man spent three days in jail for trying to smuggle a .22 pistol on the ferry from Port Angeles, while a Texas man paid $8,000 in fines after officers searched him at the Peace Arch crossing and found an undeclared assault rifle, handgun, gun belt, handcuffs and over-capacity magazines.
“Firearms interceptions are especially significant because they keep harmful weapons out of our country,” Harald Wuigk, with the Canada Border Services Agency, said in a statement. “Canadian law is clear regarding firearms and our officers work tirelessly to ensure that undeclared firearms are stopped at the border.”
CBSA seized 538 undeclared guns across the country last year and another 244 through the end of June 2013.