Vancouver Island police seize huge trove of guns, explosives, homemade silencers

A selection of the estimated 100 guns seized on Vancouver Island last month. Police handout

RCMP on Vancouver Island have seized more than 100 firearms after executing a search warrant in Campbell River.

The warrant was executed after 55-year-old Tony Green allegedly pointed a loaded gun at an off-duty police officer in the Beaver Lodge Lands on Jan. 28, the Mounties said.

That night, police began what turned into a four-day search of Green’s property, in which they seized three full pick-up truckloads of guns, ammunition and prohibited devices.

Police said the search was temporarily delayed when explosive materials were found and a disposal unit was called to the scene.

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“More than 100 guns, handguns, shotguns and assault-style rifles were seized. Many were prohibited firearms such as a WWII Bren machine gun with a tripod,” said an RCMP media release.

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“Investigators also located what can be described as homemade silencers, zip guns, prohibited over capacity magazines and untraceable firearms.”

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Police said none of the weapons found at Green’s residence were locked or stored properly, and some were loaded.

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“High explosives, detonators and detonator cords were likewise removed from the house,” said the release.

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Green is already facing a slew of firearms charges, including pointing a firearm, possessing a weapon for dangerous purposes and carrying a prohibited weapon.

Police said they will also recommend additional weapons charges to Crown counsel.

Green is due back in court on Feb. 12.

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