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Anchorage man nabbed at Canadian border with undeclared gun

Posted: October 23, 2011 - 12:09am

Canadian border officials arrested an Anchorage man for bringing a loaded, undeclared firearm with an extended clip across the border, the Canadian Border Services Agency’s Criminal Investigations Division announced Friday.

Rodrick Kendale Neal was charged under the Customs Act and the Criminal Code. His age was not available.

Border officers at the Beaver Creek Port of Entry in the Yukon on Oct. 12 found “a loaded, undeclared 9mm prohibited handgun fitted with a prohibited, over-capacity magazine within arms-reach in the centre console of Mr. Neal’s vehicle,” the division stated in a press release.

The CBSA charged Neal with two counts of smuggling under section 159 of the Customs Act, with being in possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm and with being in possession of a prohibited device. Ammunition clips for handguns are limited to 10 rounds, rifle clips to five rounds, and some kinds of handguns are not allowed into Canada.

Neal appeared in Whitehorse Territorial Court Oct. 14 and entered a guilty plea to one count under section 159 of the Customs Act, and to the 91(1) Criminal Code charge. He was sentenced to 30 days jail, with a credit of three days time served. Neal was also given a lifetime ban on possessing prohibited and restricted firearms, prohibited devices and prohibited ammunition in Canada, and a 10-year ban on possessing any firearms, crossbows, restricted weapons, or explosive substances in Canada.

Under Canadian law, all travelers must declare any firearms and weapons in their possession when they enter Canada. Anyone who does not declare them upon arrival can be charged with smuggling firearms into Canada.

Since April 2011, border services officers in the Pacific Region, which includes British Columbia and the Yukon, have made 139 firearms seizures. In the Yukon alone, border officers have made 10 firearm seizures this year.

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