Trail RCMP find replica handgun in man's fanny pack

RCMP seize replica gun

Police are considering charges against a Trail, B.C. man after he was spotted carrying a replica handgun in his fanny pack.

On October 4 just after 8:30 p.m., a Trail RCMP officer was conducting a patrol when she located a man allegedly brandishing a replica handgun near the intersection of Bay Avenue and Daniel Street.

The officer spotted the handgun sticking out of the top of the man’s fanny pack as she approached him.

The man handed over the replica gun to the officer without incident. Police say the man told the officer that he recently purchased the item and believed it was legal to possess as his air pistol.

The officer noted that the seized handgun appeared to be an exact copy of the real handgun, which is a prohibited device under the Criminal Code.

Trail and Greater District RCMP would like to warn the public not to purchase replica guns outside of legitimate sources.

Police say legally purchased air pistols and replica firearms that fire pellets with compressed air are similar in appearance and function, however, are treated very differently under the criminal code.

"It is extremely important to know the legal description of a firearm as one may face criminal repercussions," RCMP said in a news release.

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