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Ottawa police seize and catalogue 850 legally owned guns from private collector

Ottawa police say they have seized and catalogued roughly 850 legally owned guns from a local collector — a process that took two months to complete — but no charges will be laid.
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Ottawa police say they have seized and catalogued roughly 850 legally owned guns from a local collector — a process that took two months to complete — but no charges will be laid.

Police say they were called to the home in August and took the firearms — which included rifles, pistols and machine guns — to ensure all were legal and none had been used in a crime.

Const. Amy Gagnon says it took five cargo vans to carry all the weapons, which she says will be returned to their rightful owner now that they've been catalogued.

Gagnon says the collector co-operated with investigators as they double-checked the guns' legitimacy.

She notes the Criminal Code doesn't put a limit on how many guns a private citizen can legally own.

She says it's common for police to find collectors who have 200 to 300 guns, but 850 is highly unusual.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 13, 2019.

The Canadian Press




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