Man who brought prohibited weapons into Canada sentenced to 90 days in jail

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Among items purchased online were seven stun guns, 10 sets of brass knuckles and two throwing stars

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A 44-year-old Charlottetown man who brought several prohibited weapons into Canada, including stun guns and brass knuckles, has been sentenced to 90 days in the provincial correctional centre.

Randy Gallant will serve that sentence on an intermittent basis on consecutive weekends.

He has also been placed on probation for 18 months, during which time he must undergo assessment, counseling and treatment, if required, for the use of drugs or alcohol or any other underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of these offences.

He must pay a $100 victims of crime surcharge on each of the three charges.

The court was told Gallant purchased the weapons on the Internet and had them delivered to his mother's residence.

Police here were alerted to the purchases by the Canada Border Services Agency, which monitors such activity.

Among the items Gallant purchased were a storm trooper's entrenchment knife with brass knuckles attached, seven stun guns, 10 sets of brass knuckles and two throwing stars.

Crown Counsel Valerie Moore said Gallant also purchased flags bearing the emblems of the Hitler-Jugend, the Hitler Youth Movement.

Some of the stun guns were rated for 12 million volts.

Gallant's plan was to purchase the weapons and then sell them, hopefully for double what he paid for them.

Moore said the presence of such weapons in the hands of a member of the public posed a threat to public safety.

She called for a sentence that stressed denunciation and deterrence.

The accused, who had a record for failing to report a stolen firearm and break, enter and theft, said through his lawyer that he didn't realize the seriousness of his actions.

Gallant said he was using drugs at the time and didn't really know what he was doing.

The charges addressed Monday fall under Canadian customs law. Gallant also faces charges of possession of prohibited weapons under the Criminal Code but Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas opted to adjourn those matters until June 4.

Organizations: Canada Border Services Agency, Hitler-Jugend

Geographic location: Canada, Charlottetown

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  • don
    February 11, 2014 - 07:42

    undergo assessment, counseling and treatment, if required, for the use of drugs or alcohol. the above is getting so sick and boring. everything that happens must be due to drugs and booze. give me a break what about greed money. so is it true the reason islanders are being lied to and screwed by the government is due to drugs and booze? better get them help for the problem.

  • Stew
    February 10, 2014 - 21:09

    I think what is scarier is that he also purchased emblems of the Hitler-Jugend, the Hitler Youth Movement. The last thing we need on PEI is skin head culture and all that goes with it. And what a defence ..."he was using drugs at the time and didn't really know what he was doing". Really? He also said he hoped to sell his merchandise for double of what he paid for it! He knew exactly what he was doing.

  • good job
    February 10, 2014 - 20:09

    Kudoos to the CBSA for detected these dangerous weapons! Think of the implications of a stun gun in the wrong hands! With all the robberies and violent crimes..just imagine one of those people having a stun gun to incapsitate their victims!