RCMP officers seize guns

Vernon RCMP seized two guns following an alleged mid-day transaction in Okanagan Landing

Vernon RCMP seized two guns following an alleged mid-day transaction in an Okanagan Landing residential neighbourhood.

Officers were dispatched to an area near Cummins Road at 2 p.m. Tuesday after a report of three men standing outside a vehicle with what appeared to be a shotgun.

“Officers attended and found the three men. They were asked if they had a gun and one of the men said yes,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“When officers checked inside the vehicle, they, in fact, found two guns.”

Upon investigation, one of the men in possession of a gun did not have a firearms licence, and one of the others was found to not be in possession because of a previous firearms prohibition.

Because of those two circumstances, police seized the guns, a shotgun and a rifle.

Charges could be pending in the matter.

“It appears that they had just purchased the guns from an individual or made a trade for the guns,” said Molendyk. “The matter is still under investigation.”

It is not against the law to possess a rifle or shotgun, but you must have the proper licencing.

Also of concern is the fact the alleged transaction was being carried out in broad daylight in a residential area.

“Obviously they were looking at the gun in a residential area, and that does cause concern not only for the neighbours but for police attending these type of calls,” said Molendyk.