The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reports two seizures of “ghost” firearms, meaning no serial numbers, in the interior of British Columbia. Two men, aged 46 and 27, were arrested and later released pending further investigation.
These searches were carried out after border officials in Vancouver and Toronto discovered that firearm parts were being shipped by international courier. The attacks occurred in West Kelowna and Lambi, about twenty kilometers from Vernon.
In the first house, investigators seized seven unnumbered lower pistol frames. One of them was 3D printed when the CBSA teamarrived.
The statement said they found a loaded 9mm ghost pistol with no serial number, nine unlimited long pistols, a banned knife, a stun gun and four rounds of ammunition in the second home.
“Ghost Weapons” poses a serious threat to our communities for many reasons, including the fact that they are becoming easier to produce and difficult to trace when they are used by criminals.explains Federal Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino in a press release.
The importation of 3D printed weapon parts by mail is a major concern. As soon as these parts arrive in Canada, unauthorized persons use them to assemble “ghost weapons”.also stated in the press release.
According to CBSAunauthorized manufacture of firearms and unauthorized importation of firearms are punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years.