November 18th, 2017

Minnesota traveller has guns confiscated

By Kuhl, Nick on July 7, 2017.

Man pays fine to get truck back at Chief Mountain crossing

Lethbridge Herald

A Minnesota man is now travelling without his guns. On Monday, during a routine examination Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at the Chief Mountain border crossing southwest of Lethbridge seized four undeclared handguns.

A .45-calibre revolver, a .50-calibre revolver, a loaded .40-calibre pistol, and a .45-calibre pistol were found in luggage stored inside a pickup truck box.

The traveller was arrested and his vehicle was also seized, as it had been used to unlawfully import goods, officials said in a release Thursday. He had to pay a $4,000 penalty to get it back.

As per standard CBSA procedure, the handguns will be destroyed. The CBSA is reminding United States travellers to educate themselves on Canadian firearm laws.

The CBSA strongly recommends that travellers not carry their firearms when travelling to Canada or transiting through Canada to Alaska. However, should they bring them, all firearms must be declared at the first Canadian designated port of entry.

All the necessary permits and proper storage must also be followed.

Travellers who do not declare firearms upon arrival can face arrest, seizure, monetary penalties, and criminal prosecution. Failing to declare firearms can also make visitors inadmissible to enter Canada.

As of Monday, CBSA officers in southern Alberta have seized 26 undeclared firearms in 14 separate incidents this year. Most firearms seized at CBSA land ports of entry are from U.S. travellers seeking entry to Canada.

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