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Sunshine Coast RCMP found dozens of firearms in residence after search warrant

Registered owner in Halfmoon Bay faces charges related to uttering threats
Halfmoon Bay Nov 2 guns
Dozens of guns were seized from a residence in Halfmoon Bay after the Sunshine Coast RCMP used a search warrant.

After the Sunshine Coast RCMP and Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team took an intoxicated male into custody on Nov. 2, the RCMP found dozens of firearms in his home after a search warrant.

On Nov. 1, the RCMP were called by someone concerned for a friend's wellbeing, a press release issued on Nov. 2 states. When they attended the residence in Halfmoon Bay, an intoxicated male was uttering threats and making suicidal and homicidal comments.

"The RCMP tried at length to de-escalate the male, but he refused to cooperate and then ceased all communication with police," a Nov. 25 press release from the Sunshine Coast RCMP states. "The Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team (ERT) responded, and at approximately 6:00 am, after deploying chemical agents into the home, the accused male was taken into custody without incident. A loaded handgun and 308 rifle were located in arms reach of the male."

Since then, the RCMP obtained a search warrant and seized more than a dozen handguns and long guns, more than a dozen airsoft handguns and rifles, and ammunition.

"Many of the weapons were found insecure, loaded, and were in plain view in the home," the press release said.

"We are thankful that this situation was resolved peacefully and no one was injured during this tense situation," Corporal Darren McKay said in the release.

The registered owner of the weapons has been charged with uttering threats, possession of a weapon and the careless use of firearms, and may face more charges. The RCMP have also requested a firearm prohibition for the owner.