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CBSA seizes three firearms

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Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Pigeon River and Rainy River ports of entry seized three undeclared firearms on Canada Day.

At the Pigeon River POE, a New Mexico resident was referred for a secondary examination by the CBSA.

Officers subsequently found the frame of a firearm concealed within the traveller's bag.

Upon further examination, officers also discovered a holster in the front console cup-holder.

At that point, the traveller admitted to disassembling the firearm and concealing the remainder of the parts throughout his luggage, including two loaded eight-round magazines.

Also on July 1 at the Rainy River POE, the CBSA referred two Texas residents for a secondary examination.

Officers immediately found a loaded firearm in its holster underneath the centre armrest.

One traveller then admitted to having another firearm in the vehicle, which was found in a bag in the front seat.

The firearms and magazines were seized, and the travellers were arrested.

“These seizures are an important reminder for travellers to leave firearms at home when visiting Canada,” said Tuula Schuler, CBSA Northwestern Ontario District Director.

“If you bring firearms with you, be sure to declare them upon entry to Canada,” she stressed.

“I am proud of how diligently our officers work to fulfill the important role they play in keeping our communities safe,” Schuler added.

Anyone importing firearms and weapons into Canada must declare them, and meet all licensing and registration requirements under the Firearms Act.

Failure to declare goods, including firearms and weapons, and other Customs Act contraventions may lead to prosecution in a court of law.

Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.

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