A man caught with a loaded handgun and a stun gun in the parking lot of a St. John's shopping mall should be jailed for six years, according to a Crown lawyer.
Joshua Whalen, 21, was arrested after he was found with the weapons, which included a 9-mm beretta, and body armour outside the Avalon Mall last October.
In provincial court in St. John's on Thursday, Crown prosecutor Ian Hollett said Whalen's sentence should discourage criminals from using guns in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Whalen's lawyer, Lori Marshall said a three year jail sentence would be appropriate sentence.
A judge is expected to hand down Whalen's sentence at a court appearance later in April.