By Patrick Johnston
Fifteen long guns, four handguns and several over-capacity magazines were seized at the Douglas port of entry on July 21, 2017. CANADIAN BORDER SERVICES AGENCY / PNG
An American family was hoping to travel through Canada to Alaska last month — until Canadian border guards found they were packing heat.
According to the Canadian Border Services Agency, guards at the Peace Arch border crossing into Canada in Surrey seized “multiple undeclared firearms” from a family after a search of their vehicle and trailer on July 21.
The initial discovery of a loaded revolver lead to the driver’s immediate arrest, the agency reported in a media release on Monday.
A further search found 15 long guns, four handguns and “several over-capacity magazines.” All were seized.
Charges under the Customs Act and the Criminal Code are pending.
Visitors cannot, under any circumstances, import into Canada prohibited firearms, prohibited devices or prohibited weapons, the agency added.
“This is a reminder to all travellers entering Canada with firearms to learn about Canadian firearm laws or rather, leave their handguns at home. Anyone bringing firearms or weapons into Canada must declare them to the border services officer upon entry. Failure to do so may lead to prosecution in a court of law,” Daniela Evans, director of the border agency’s Pacific Highway District, said in a statement.
Suspicious cross-border activity can be reported to the CBSA at 1-888-502-9060.