Gun seizures are up at B.C.’s Borders, according to the Canadian Border Services agency.
The Canadian Border Services Agency says it’s seen a 116% increase in the first six months of this year compared to the same time period in 2015 – from 44 to 95.
Erin Steeksma with the CBSA says Americans and some Canadians are getting caught for not declaring firearms.
Steeksma says it’s not related to criminal activity.
“Most of the firearms that we seize are personal firearms that belong to U.S. travelers.”
But reminds people the consequences are the same for both Americans and Canadians.
“For every restricted or prohibited firearm, it’s one thousand dollars for each firearm for a first contravention, any prohibited weapons are 500 dollars per weapon. Non-restricted firearms such as the hunting rifle may have a penalty ranging from 25 to 80 per cent of value of the goods.”
In the last five years the CBSA has seized 466 guns at our borders.