Guns in the News: Friday Roundup
Posted by cgccanada on July 27, 2009
1. The Red Deer Advocate, July 24, 2009, Lawyer takes on gun charges
By Jack Wilson
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A lawyer who specializes in defending firearms owners across Canada is acting for a Red Deer small businessman charged with several firearms charges. Richard Fritze of Red Deer reserved his client David Glenn Elliott’s plea on 16 charges until July 30 during a brief provincial court appearance on Thursday. Lawyer Kevin Sproule acted as Fritze’s agent. Fritze has defended numerous Canadians charged with various firearms offences. Elliott wasn’t present on Thursday. Elliott, 46, who owns Hempnstuff Exotic Boutique, is charged with one count of uttering threats, two counts of possession of marijuana and 13 counts of unsafe storage of a firearm. He was charged on July 2 after RCMP officers found more than 100 firearms, comprised of pistols, rifles, shotguns and antique guns. Police said they also seized 500,000 to one million rounds of live ammunition, an undisclosed amount of marijuana and other property from the business. Elliott’s website suggests a downtown storefront would soon be opening to sell the firearms. The website shows Elliott as a contact and lists antique firearms in prices of up to $10,000 for a Colt 1873 with pearl handles or a Mauser c96, an antique semi-automatic pistol created from the late 1800s until the late 1930s in Germany. Fritze is also acting for a Quebec man who has launched a constitutional challenge against Canadian gun control regulations. Fritze has also handled gun control charges for defendants in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He also defended Bruce Hutton, founder of the Law-abiding Unregistered Firearms Association of Rocky Mountain House.
2. Abbotsford Mission Times, July 24, 2009, U.S. traveller facing five charges for loaded gun
The man who tried to get through the Huntingdon border crossing with a loaded handgun will face five counts of firearms offences when he appears in Abbotsford Provincial Court on July 30. Gary Michael Donske was arrested July 10 at the border crossing at Abbotsford when Canada Border Services Agency officers found a cocked and loaded 32-calibre Derringer handgun under the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Border officers decided to have a closer look at a family who were travelling from the United States into Canada, and found the handgun during a vehicle check. Donske was immediately arrested and the others in the vehicle returned to the U.S. Donske is charged with smuggling goods into Canada, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, storage contrary to regulations, and careless use of a firearm. Donske was released on bail into CBSA’s custody and returned to the U.S.
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