Man fined $1,300 for improper storage of guns

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PICTOU – A Hillside man has been handed a hefty fine for not properly storing his firearms.

Arthur Alphonse Cameron, 66, was charged with unsafe storage of two firearms and letting his firearm licence expire on Oct. 31, 2013.  

Cameron called police to the theft of a tractor from his field on Oct. 31, but when officers arrived and were welcomed into his home, they found two loaded guns sitting on a chair.   One of the guns was a 20-gauge single shotgun and the second was a .303 calibre bolt-action rifle.

During a police interview, officers discovered that Cameron’s firearm licence expired in 2008.

Cameron was ordered to pay $250 in fines for each charge plus an additional $75 victim surcharge for each charge for a total of $1,300. He must also forfeit the guns.

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  • Just a guy
    March 19, 2014 - 12:30

    Wow! This is absolutely unbelievable...did they ever actually find the stolen tractor? One more example of the true objectives of the Mounties.

  • M. Griebling
    March 19, 2014 - 06:00

    Incredible! Yet this is only a symptom of the problems with our current gun laws. A simple farmer was charged with a crime for essentially reporting a robbery.

  • George McKenzie
    March 18, 2014 - 22:21

    Remember when we had three guns on a rack in the back window of a pickup truck boy!! have we owners changed .

  • Steve
    March 18, 2014 - 20:14

    I feel sooo much safer now the cops took away the farmer's guns. They where loaded? So what! Have they heard of predator control? I think not. Expired license? Again so what. Can you image the uproar if people's cars where seized for a expired driver's license. This crap will only stop when the Firearm Act is placed in the trash can. Oh yes, cops are NOT your friend. NEVER invite them into your home.

  • Andrew Fowler
    March 18, 2014 - 19:05

    It has come to a point where a person can't even defend his home anymore. This was an elderly genlteman on a farm harming no one. it is disgusting the way this country has changed and they say we live in a free country?? Think again it is anything but free here.

  • Sandy
    March 18, 2014 - 18:39

    I believe the RCMP have an obligation to inform all licenced gun owners of their due date to renew their licence. Otherwise, treatment like this or worse will continue to increase. Afterall, the RCMP are the keeper of records. A precedent was set by the previous recoders and serving notice should continue as standard government practice. What is happening amounts to entrapment

  • Scotty G.
    March 18, 2014 - 18:36

    Hang on people, a little perspective here... yes he called the police to report a crime but what did you expect those officers to do when they were invited into his house, not notice two loaded firearms in plain view and loaded to boot... I'm sorry I'm a "gun nut" just like you and a retired police officer as well but come on guys, safe storage is #1, no excuse here.. and no it wasn't that they were looking to "get him" as some had said, once they noticed the "in plain view" firearms it was only prudent of them to check to see if he in fact had a current licence for them... let's not make more of what this is, unsafe storage....

  • Ed Allin
    March 18, 2014 - 14:13

    Another victim of a paper crime, due to the flawed Liberal Firearms Act. The only way we will ever be free is to force the Government to scrap it. That is going to take a massive effort by every firearms owner to step up to the plate.

  • John
    March 18, 2014 - 13:40

    Just goes to show you that the cops don't really care about helping you. They only care about taking our guns away.

  • yikes
    March 18, 2014 - 13:36

    Agreed. Cops didn't help him in this situation. I would call the cops about my tractor but there is no way I would let them into my house. All they do is look around the whole time.

  • Tyler
    March 18, 2014 - 13:21

    Good the know the RCMP are there to protect people... What a bunch of bullies.

  • Billy
    March 18, 2014 - 13:01

    That's a lesson that everbody should already know. NEVER let the police into your home without a warrant. They are not your friends and exist to lay charges. Inviting them in is consenting to a search.

    • Marc
      March 19, 2014 - 00:13

      Billy is right; not necessarily about the Police not being our friends, but once you have invited them into your home, you have told them that they don't need a warrant. If they have an agenda, or are on a witch-hunt for guns, you are now fair game. You have surrendered your rights to protection against unreasonable search and siezure.

  • alter3d
    March 18, 2014 - 12:40

    "plus an additional $75 victim surcharge for each charge" Victim surcharge on a victimless crime. Yay "justice"!

  • Walter
    March 18, 2014 - 12:11

    Great I feel so much safer now knowing that another paper criminal has been stopped! Loaded guns within arms reach! The nerve of that 66yr old guy living on that more then likely isolated farm that had just been robbed! Dosen't he know better then to want to defend his life and property! I wonder if the police caught the theives that deared rob such a hardened lawbreaker. Put another notch in the old gun belt police, bravo, bravo. "O" Canada, we stand on guard for thee. Yeah, just don't stand on guard for yourself!

  • Mistake
    March 18, 2014 - 12:11

    Sounds like his only mistake was thinking that the police were on his side. Silly firearms owner doesn't realize he is a criminal for owing guns can can be tossed into jail or SWAT raided for letting his PAL expire. Guns not in safe storage you say..... was his house locked? Who was in the house? Was it just him or he and his wife who are both trained in firearms use? It was not uncommon to have guns out and about for most of Canada's history. My grandfather, my uncle, guns out and about. We kids did not touch them because we were told not to. If we did we knew how to use them, how not to use them. If this man had all of his guns locked in a SAFE 3 feet thick in steel weighting 1000lbs the cops would still have charged him with safe storage, they always do. Expired pal = weapons prohibition and confiscation of firearms, destruction no compensation. I did not matter what the man did, he was a criminal the split second the Firearms Act was passed, the PAL simply keeping him out of jail until the cops eventually charged him with safe storage.

  • Daver
    March 18, 2014 - 12:06

    Yet again, the police victimize a victim. There is nothing ethically or morally wrong with ownership of an object. His "crime" was nothing more than the government saying he was allowed to own guns one day, and not the next. This person was not a criminal, and the guns were never used in a crime.

  • John
    March 18, 2014 - 11:59

    Kind of a dumb move on Camerons part to leave guns out in plain view when he invites police into the house

    • baggy270
      March 18, 2014 - 19:09

      Agree....duh

  • Patrick Allingham
    March 18, 2014 - 11:49

    WOW! Once again police doing there jobs!!! Lets persecute a farmer who is clearly not a criminal because that is making the streets and fields a safer place. What about the thieves that stole the expensive tractor!! Maybe that should be the focus. What a joke

  • Kevin
    March 18, 2014 - 11:46

    And that's why you make sure your guns are properly stored BEFORE you let the police in your house.

  • ouch
    March 17, 2014 - 23:17

    bet you it will be the last time he calls the cops