Alaska man arrested, charged for attempting to smuggle firearms into Canada
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Canada Border Services Agency announced on Friday, September 18th that charges are being brought against an Alaska man who attempted to smuggle assault style firearms, along with other firearms, into Canada earlier this summer.
Corey Scott Kettering, 33, of Alaska attempted to bring 14 firearms over the border into Canada without declaration on July 27th, 2020. These firearms included four prohibited semi-automatic rifles (assault-style), three prohibited handguns, one restricted handgun, and six non-restricted long guns.
Kettering was arrested and released on an undertaking. He is scheduled to appear in Abbotsford Provincial Court on September 21, 2020 to face charges on the following counts:
· smuggling, pursuant to Section 159 of the Customs Act (x1);
· making false or deceptive statements, pursuant to Section 153(a) of the Customs Act (x1);
· possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, pursuant to Section 95(1) of the Criminal Code (x7); and,
· unauthorized possession of a firearm, pursuant to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code (x6).
Travelers are encouraged to leave their firearms at home when seeking entry to Canada. However, travelers with firearms must declare them to the CBSA officer at the first opportunity and meet import regulations.
- As of May 1, 2020, more than 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms are now classified as prohibited and individuals cannot legally import them into Canada.
- When an individual declares a prohibited firearm at the border, they will be offered the option to export or abandon it; if they fail to declare, the firearm may be seized and ultimately destroyed.
- Failing to declare firearms can result in significant border delays, monetary penalties, criminal charges, loss of the undeclared guns, and the risk of visitors being banned from returning to Canada.
- Import and export a firearm or weapon into Canada
- Customs Notice 20-17: Re-classification of “assault style” firearms to prohibited firearms
- Memorandum D19-13-2: Importing and exporting firearms, weapons and devices
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