A 53-year-old man with homes in both Manitoba and Arizona faces weapons charges after border officers in Vancouver discovered a handgun, firearms magazines and a Taser stun gun in a package being mailed to Winnipeg.

Winnipeg police say they were contacted after Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre intercepted a package on July 17.

Police say the package, which came from the United States and was destined for an address in Winnipeg, contained the following:

  • A .22-calibre semi-automatic handgun.
  • Two magazines associated with the handgun.
  • A Taser stun gun that was manufactured to look like a cellphone.

The 53-year-old man was arrested in the Birds Hill area on Aug. 21, and police officers seized evidence from a home in Winnipeg.

In announcing the arrest on Wednesday, Const. Eric Hofley said it appears the man, who has residences in both Arizona and Manitoba, purchased the prohibited items in Arizona and mailed them to his address in Winnipeg.

Hofley said police do not know if the man had planned to sell the weapons.

"Firearms are a huge part of the criminal element," Hofley told reporters.

"It's not known exactly what the purpose of this firearm was, but I think anytime illegal firearms are seized, it's a good day for the citizens."

The man has been charged with two counts of importing a firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon, prohibited device or ammunition, as well as two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited device or ammunition.