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Vernon RCMP traffic stop yields loaded handgun

An early morning Vernon RCMP traffic stop on Monday, May 31, 2021 uncovered a .45 calibre loaded handgun.
June 02, 2021 - 11:37 AM

Vernon RCMP have taken a firearm off the street following the seizure of a .45 calibre handgun on Monday.

Police were conducting proactive patrols in the 4300 block of 25 Avenue at around 2:45 a.m., May 31, when they saw a vehicle commit a traffic offence, according to an RCMP media release.

Officers initiated a traffic stop and discovered the motorist was prohibited from driving.

After arresting the man without incident, the fully loaded .45 calibre handgun was discovered inside the vehicle.

"This investigation demonstrates the effectiveness proactive policing initiatives have on disrupting criminal activity. This is an example of the great work being done by our officers on a daily basis and through their effort, we were able to take a loaded handgun off of our streets and out of our community,"  Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski said in the release.

The 39-year-old man has since been released from custody pending a future court appearance.

An investigation is ongoing.

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