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Windsor, Ontario, September 28, 2005 - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that officers at the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel seized 3 handguns, a rifle and 89 rounds of ammunition from a United States resident who was reportedly visiting Canada for the day.
A 24-year-old Willard, Ohio man has been charged with failing to report goods and making false statements, both offences under the Customs Act. The CBSA and the Windsor Police Service are continuing to investigate. Additional charges are pending and the firearms and ammunition have been seized with no terms of release.
CBSA officers discovered the firearms and ammunition on September 26, 2005, during a routine secondary examination. Upon examining the traveller's car, CBSA officers found a 9-mm pistol in an open gym bag on the front passenger seat and a 9-mm clip containing 9 hollow-point bullets in the glove box. The examination also revealed a .22-calibre rifle in the trunk and a .22-calibre pistol and a .38-calibre revolver in a bag behind the driver's seat. This second bag also contained an additional 80 rounds of ammunition of mixed calibres.
The CBSA is committed to protecting Canada's borders and keeping our communities safe. Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, a foreign national who is convicted of a criminal offence may be subject to a deportation order, and therefore barred from ever coming back to Canada. Prompt removal of criminals is a top priority once they are finished with the criminal justice system.
For information about travellers' rights and obligations regarding the importation of guns and other weapons into Canada, visit the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.