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Advocate says alleged illegal weapons importer is "exemplary citizen"

Some of the weapons seized by RCMP from a Prince George home
A local gun advocate says a Prince George man being charged with importing and owning illegal weapons in the city is being unfairly targeted.

On November 13, Prince George RCMP held a press conference displaying a number of weapons they say were illegally imported into Canada.

Karl Haus, who owns the Pastry Chef Bakery in Prince George, faces seventeen charges including two counts of importing a prohibited firearm, four counts of possession of a prohibited firearm, ammunition, or device and five counts of careless use of a firearm.

RCMP superintendent Derek Simmonds called the number of weapons possessed by Haus "disturbing" and Rod Booth of the North District RCMP said there was fear that the weapons could be used to commit criminal acts.

Sheldon Clare feels differently. As president of the National Firearms Association of Canada, the College of New Caledonia Instructor believes Haus is victim of gun laws that should not exist in this country.

"This is a typical example of a person who is not in any way, shape, or form a threat to any form of public safety, who is a good citizen of the community, his family and him have been excellent providers to charity, they make excellent bread, and they've been good citizens," Clare told CBC's Daybreak North. "What we have is a person who is part of Canada's gun culture unfairly disadvantaged by regime of firearms control that targets a Canadian culture."

Clare also says the prohibited weapons class shouldn't exist because he believes it's an "artificial construct based on political ideologies and emotion."

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The items seized from Haus's property include:

  • over 31,000 rounds of ammunition
  • two loaded and one unloaded hand gun
  • seven rifles
  • a fully automatic M16
  • a fully automatic AK 47
  • two morning stars
  • two shot guns
  • five 100 round capacity drum magazines
  • 50 assault rifle magazines
  • four bullet proof vests.

RCMP say this incident does not appear to be linked to any other crimes and that Haus does not have a "significant" history with police. His first court appearance is in January.

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