CBSA Firearms Investigation Leads to Multiple Criminal Charges for RCAF Major

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Various prohibited weapons including handguns, assault rifles, shot guns, ammunition and magazines seized in October 2023.

The CBSA’s Ontario Firearms Smuggling Enforcement Team (OFSET) today announced that it has laid multiple firearms charges following an investigation and seizure of various prohibited weapons including handguns, assault rifles, shot guns and ammunition.

In August 2023, Major Kendrick Barling of the Royal Canadian Air Force, returned to Canada after being posted in the United States for five years. Major Barling’s household goods were shipped through Canadian Forces Base Trenton where numerous undeclared firearms were discovered hidden throughout the shipment.

On October 19, 2023, CBSA OFSET investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in Kingston, Ontario and another on October 23, 2023, at a residence in Petawawa, Ontario. During the searches, officers located and seized several prohibited firearms and items:

7 handguns
10 rifles (including assault rifles)
2 shot guns
Approximately 45,000 rounds of ammunition of varying calibres
Hundreds of magazines that included AR-15 over-capacity magazines
Multiple firearms have duplicate serial numbers.

As a result, Major Kendrick Barling, has been charged by the CBSA with the following offences:

5x Customs Act s. 159(1) – Smuggle Goods into Canada
2x Customs Act s. 153(a) – Making False Statements
2x Export and Import Permits Act s. 14/19 – Import Goods without a Permit
9x Criminal Code s. 103(1) – Importing a Firearm Knowing it is Unauthorized
9x Criminal Code s. 104(1) – Unauthorized Importing of a Firearm
2x Criminal Code s. 86(2) – Contravention of Transportation Regulations
The accused is next scheduled to appear in court on December 22, 2023.

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

Has been a photojournalist for over 30-years and have been honoured to win numerous awards for photography and writing over the years. Best selling author for the book Highway of Heroes - True Patriot Love

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