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Charged in Chicago with importing guns into Canada?

by JP Bill / September 17, 2009 1:00 PM PDT

Charged in Chicago with importing guns into Canada?

It's against Canadian law to import guns.

Since he is being charged in Chicago, I wonder why he wasn't charged with exporting them illegally.


U.S. court to decide if gun smuggler responsible for crimes involving his weapons

The armed men wore masks when they crowbarred their way into the Nguyen family's home near the spiralling roller coaster tracks of the Canada's Wonderland amusement park.

One of them had a gun. He held it to the head of Manh Nguyen while his partner searched the home for valuables.

The gun was a Taurus 85, a 38-calibre lightweight revolver with a 3-1/2-inch barrel. And like dozens of the handguns used by Ontario criminals, it had been smuggled across the border by a crooked American gun dealer named Ugur Yildiz.

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Might be a legal differentiation?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 17, 2009 9:54 PM PDT

If exporting arms from the US is not generally illegal, (I don't know if that is the case), then perhaps the indictment had to be precise, ie Importing arms into Canada.

Just a guess.

I notice that if the jury find him guilty of being "responsible for the crimes that were committed in Canada using the guns he smuggled across the border", then this could have far reaching consequences for other gun runners.

I hope they find him guilty of that.

Mark

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more likely
by James Denison / September 17, 2009 10:16 PM PDT

guilty of breaking some US laws regarding international trading treaties.

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I'd think that exporting guns would require some species of
by Ziks511 / September 18, 2009 8:40 AM PDT
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Federal export certificate with additional end-user certificates. Clearly Mr Yildiz couldn't get one or provide the other. I don't know what his prior legal status was, but his gun shop was closed by the Police in Chicago

Despite registered gun ownership roughly equivalent per person as the United States, these legally bought weapons aren't moving into the hands of criminals.

In Canada you have to have a Firearms Acquisition Certificate from the Police. So long as you have a clean criminal record and no registered mental problems, you can get whatever you can afford, and as many of them as you want, though there may be some legislation regarding becoming a registered Gun Collector.

At least it's a system which is working.

Rob

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