Nova Scotia

Halifax gun seller robbed by buyer

A handgun is in the hands of a criminal after a firearm sale in Halifax went bad Tuesday night.
Dozens of guns are for sale in the online edition of Bargain Hunter. (CBC)

A handgun is in the hands of a criminal after a firearm sale in Halifax went bad Tuesday night.

Halifax Regional Police said a legal gun owner, who lives in Clayton Park, had advertised a gun for sale online. A young man claiming to be a buyer showed up at the door, with his own weapon: pepper spray.    

The owner was blasted with the irritant, police said, and robbed of his handgun.

Mike MacLean, who has sold firearms legally, said selling a handgun through an online ad is dangerous.

"I'm glad he was only pepper sprayed, or whatever happened to him, that he wasn't shot," he said. "Here we've got another gun on the streets with a criminal."

The gun collector's wife, who did not want to be identified, said her husband is shaken up by the incident. She said that he has sold many items on Kijiji and never had problems. 

As for the stolen gun, she said the ad had been on Bargain Hunter for a year, and there had been no problems.

It's not hard to find buyers and sellers of guns and rifles online at Bargain Hunter. There are dozens of ads in the legal trade of rifles and prohibited guns. 

Gun shop owner Jim Hnatiuk says people selling guns have to be careful. ((CBC))
Police say to sell safely, owners should meet prospective buyers in a public place like a gun club, or have gun dealers make the sale. Sellers should never conduct business at their home.

"A gun can be used by a person that means harm, and so a person should be all that much more mindful to have things in place to protect themselves if they're going to be advertising to would-be perpetrators," gun shop owner Jim Hnatiuk said.

 There have been 26 shootings in the Halifax area so far this year.

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