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Bruce Montague firearms case won't be heard by Supreme Court of Canada

A northwestern Ontario man has lost his bid to have Canada's highest court hear his appeal over the forfeiture of hundreds of firearms he once owned.

Montague claimed gun seizure sought by Crown amounted to cruel and unusual punishment under the Charter

The Supreme Court of Canada says it won't hear the case of Bruce Montague, a former firearms dealer and pro-gun activist.

A northwestern Ontario man has lost his bid to have Canada's highest court hear his appeal over the forfeiture of hundreds of firearms he once owned.

The Supreme Court of Canada says it won't hear the case of Bruce Montague, a former firearms dealer and pro-gun activist from the Dryden area.

He was charged with several firearms offences in 2005 after he refused to obtain a licence to own and sell weapons as an act of protest against gun laws at the time.

In 2004, police seized more than 200 firearms from Montague — some had been modified into automatics and others had their serial numbers removed.

Police also seized accessories worth upwards of $100,000, along with more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition.

The items had been held by police since then and the Crown later filed a forfeiture order to take possession of the items for good.

Montague took his case to the Ontario Court of Appeal, but it rejected his argument that the seizure sought by the Crown amounted to cruel and unusual punishment under the Charter.

Montague then sought to appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court of Canada, but that effort was dismissed on Thursday.

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