West Shore RCMP

A man has been arrested for wielding replica handguns near Thrifty Foods in View Royal last week.

On October 3rd, West Shore RCMP responded to reports of a man holding what looked like a 9mm handgun near Thrifty Foods at 1495 Admirals Rd in View Royal.

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According to the witness, the man even asked them whether they had seen an RCMP vehicle around.

“Frontline officers located the suspect walking along Admirals Rd and arrested the suspect for possessing a firearm. The suspect struggled with police and had to be restrained,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar.

The man, who is believed to be from Vancouver, was found with two black airsoft pistols in his wistband.

He is now being charged with possessing a weapon dangerous to the public and obstructing a police officer and will appear in Provincial Court.

“Though airsoft guns are not illegal to purchase in Canada, if used in a manner that poses a threat to the public, police will investigate and react accordingly,” advises police.

Furthermore, while airsoft guns are unlikely to kill, they can take out an eye or otherwise injure people if not used carefully.