Eleven firearms seized from U.S. sailboat moored at Gabriola

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, June 6 2017

Gabriola RCMP seized 15 firearms on Thursday, May 18 from a US-registered sailboat moored at Page’s Marina.

Cpl. Nathan Dame said the detachment had received an allegation of a domestic assault and a sexual interference offence aboard the sailboat. 

“We were made aware of the firearms from the complainant. 

“Based on the allegations of the domestic assault, we seized the firearms in the interest of public safety.”

Dame said the family were citizens of the United States who were travelling through to Alaska.

RCMP contacted staff at the Canadian Border Services Agency, who confirmed that the family had not declared themselves, or the firearms. 

The firearms were considered to have been brought into Canada illegally and were kept by the RCMP to be destroyed.

In all, fifteen firearms were seized: three AR-15s, two shotguns, and six different hand guns. 

A thorough investigation was conducted and it was determined that the other allegations were unfounded.  

The sailboat was directed to leave Canada immediately. 

Canadian Border Services Agency assisted in helping the family return to the United States.