Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers have made “significant” seizures of alleged ghost weapons in the British Columbia interior.
In an Aug. 3 announcement, the CBSA said officers with search warrants in Lumby and West Kelowna seized ghost guns and other weapons. Two men were arrested and later released pending further investigation.
Ghost guns are firearms assembled by unlicensed people with parts made with 3D printers and have no serial numbers.
The federal law enforcement agency executed the search warrants on April 27 and 28, but has only just released the information.
The CBSA’s criminal investigations section began examining the addresses after border services officers at the international mail centers in Vancouver and Toronto found parts of firearms intended for the two individuals.
It is illegal in Canada to assemble or manufacture firearms without a firearms business licence. Even firearm parts like the receiver or frame are legally considered firearms under the Criminal Code. No one without permission can manufacture (including 3D printing), import or assemble them.
Under Articles 99 and 103 of the Penal Code, respectively, such illegal manufacture and import is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years. Smuggling such firearms into the country can result in a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $500,000 under Section 159 of the Customs Act.
According to the August 3 CBSA bulletin, when officers entered the West Kelowna home on April 27, they found a handgun part being 3D printed. It was seized, along with six other pieces of weapons without serial numbers. A 46-year-old man was arrested.
In Lumby the next day, officers arrested a 27-year-old man (who was previously banned from owning firearms) and seized a loaded 9mm handgun without a serial number. Nine non-restricted long guns, a stun gun, four ammunition containers and a prohibited knife were also seized.
The CBSA said in the statement that its criminal investigations section reviews evidence seized for Criminal Code and Customs Act violations; it can then recommend prosecution.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said ghost guns pose a growing danger to Canadians.
“We are taking action to protect Canadians from gun violence,” Mendicino said in the bulletin. by criminals.
“That’s why we continue to invest in new X-ray technology and K-9 units to protect our borders,” he continued. “I want to thank the CBSA for their incredible work in keeping guns out of Canada.”