Regina police have charged a 58-year-old local man with multiple weapons-related offences after an investigation into 3D firearms manufacturing and importation.
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In a news release issued Thursday, the Regina Police Service said its crime reduction team along with partners at the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) concluded a two-month-long investigation on Feb. 10, a week earlier, into the illegal importation of prohibited devices into Canada.
After a referral from the CBSA Vancouver International Mail Centre, police and border investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 300 Block of Holland Avenue in Regina, where a 58 year-old suspect was taken into custody.
During the search, investigators located 3D printers, restricted and non-restricted firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, prohibited weapons, prohibited devices, and 3D-printed firearm components, according to the release.
The man has been charged with four counts of weapons manufacturing, seven counts of possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon knowing its possession was unauthorized, two counts of possession of weapons for the purpose of trafficking, and one count each of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, and importing a prohibited device knowing it is unauthorized.
Federal laws make it illegal to manufacture firearms without holding the proper firearms business licence approving them to do so. Under the Criminal Code, a gun’s lower assembly or receiver blank is in itself considered a firearm and unauthorized individuals cannot manufacture them, the release adds.
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