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Monday, April 16, 2018

An Example From Canada

Gerald Stanley to pay $3,900 and receive 10-year ban on gun ownership for improper firearm storage
The Biggar-area farmer was acquitted in February in the shooting death of Colten Boushie
CBC News · Posted: Apr 16, 2018 8:39 AM CT | Last Updated: an hour ago

Gerald Stanley pleaded guilty to improperly storing firearms. (Guy Quenneville/CBC)

Gerald Stanley has been fined $3,000, plus a $900 victim surcharge, and banned from owning firearms for 10 years after he pleaded guilty Monday to improper storage of firearms.

Police discovered the guns at Stanley's property when they were responding to Colten Boushie's fatal shooting, of which Stanley was acquitted.

At the hearing in a courtroom in North Battleford, Sask., a second charge relating to improper storage of a restricted firearm — a handgun — was withdrawn by the Crown, citing insufficient evidence.

The Crown and defence requested a $3,000 fine for Stanley, forfeiture of some of his guns and a firearm ban.

Stanley's lawyer, Scott Spencer, said the guns in question were "typical rural firearms" similar to those found on many farms.

"Mr. Stanley frankly wishes he never owned a gun ... Mr. Stanley has no desire to ever hold a gun again," said Spencer.

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