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CBP officers at Peace Bridge encounter a gun

BUFFALO, NY – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the port of entry seized a firearm from a vehicle encountered at the Peace Bridge.

Yesterday, CBP officers encountered a passenger vehicle occupied by a 61-year-old US citizen. The driver was traveling to Canada and upon inspection told a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer that he was in possession of a 9mm Browning handgun. The CBSA refused the driver and sent him back to the United States where he was escorted to the secondary inspection area for further verification.

During secondary examination, it was determined that the driver personally possessed the firearm. However, he did not possess a valid pistol license.

“Our officers remain dedicated to keeping our communities safe and, in this case, removing an illegally owned firearm,” said acting port manager John Madsen. “They remain vigilant, law enforcement-focused and committed to fulfilling our mission.”

The driver was taken into custody and later processed by CBP officers. After processing, the firearm and driver were returned to the Buffalo Police Department face a felony charge of Criminal possession of a 2nd degree weapon.

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