Thunder Bay

James Murray Hinter faces weapons charges in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay police have charged a city man with firearms-related offences in connection with the seizure of weapons in September 2012.

Thunder Bay police have charged a city man with firearms-related offences in connection with the seizure of weapons in September 2012.

Police report they were called to an apartment in the 100 block of North Edward St. after a landlord discovered a number of firearms allegedly belonging to a former tenant. Officers seized 23 firearms, including eight handguns and a large quantity of ammunition.

James Murray Hinter. (Facebook)

On Tuesday police located and arrested 53-year-old James Murray Hinter as a result of their investigation.

Hinter is charged with unsafe storage of six firearms, and unauthorized possession of all 23 of the seized firearms.

He has been released from custody on a promise to appear in court on May 27.

CBC News has learned Hinter also goes by the name of James Murray, the president of the media website NetNewsLedger.

He is a former executive member of the Alberta-based National Firearms Association, where he last served as President in 2005.

In 2002, he was found not guilty in a Calgary court on a charge of careless use of a firearm.

In an emailed statement to CBC News late Thursday, James Murray described himself as a gun collector. He said "everything was stored according to gun storage regulations...and I am confident that this will all be resolved."

James Murray Hinter is a former president of the National Firearms Association. This photo is from a column he wrote for the Canadian Firearms Journal in 2003. (Canadian Firearms Journal)