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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Guns and gangs unit probe gun found in checked bags

A 47-year-old Alberta man could face up to three years in jail as well as numerous fines stemming from his arrest at the Ottawa International Airport. John Robert Laponsée was arrested Monday after an unloaded .22 calibre firearm was discovered in his checked baggage during a routine screening. Laponsée was scheduled to be on an Alberta-bound flight. He told police he was in Ottawa visiting his mother. Police said Laponsée was not attempting to bring the gun on board the plane, but noted the gun was not registered. Sgt. Ken Bryden of the Ottawa Guns and Gangs unit said police were still investigating Laponsee's intentions and how he came to be in possession of the handgun. Laponsée faces five charges, one with a minimum three-year jail sentence. Bryden said this is the first time he has been called to the airport for this type of offence.




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