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

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

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Published on February 10, 2014
Scales of justice

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.