Police seize guns in Kelowna

Okanagan RCMP have removed the firearms of two young men found shooting in the Mission

  • Dec. 5, 2012 6:00 p.m.

Three Kelowna men could face firearms charges after police seized four guns in relation to a complaint of shots being fired in the Upper Mission yesterday afternoon.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Kelowna RCMP received a report of shots being fired behind The Ponds at the south end of Gordon Drive.

The shots seemed to be coming from a semi-automatic weapon in the vicinity of the Gillard Forest Service Road. Several police units responded to the area, including a police dog and the Southeast District RCMP Helicopter. According to witnesses, the occupants of a black GMC Yukon were believed to be involved and that vehicle was located on the Gillard Forest Service Road heading towards Chute Lake Road.

Two 21-year-old men and one 23-year-old man were detained for the investigation while the vehicle was searched. A shotgun, two semi-automatic rifles and a Glock handgun were all seized from inside the vehicle.

Although their intentions may not have been criminal, it was certainly perceived as criminal activity by both police and the general public. The safest place to discharge a firearm of any kind is at a firearms range which has the appropriate safety protocols in place.

All three men face could face a number of charges in relation to the use, transportation, storage and possession of the firearms; although charges have not been recommended as yet.

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