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Machine guns, semi-automatic weapons among 73 firearms found in Winnipeg home after silencer intercepted
More than a dozen of the seized firearms were laid out at a news conference Wednesday.
WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg police said the discovery of a banned gun silencer being sent from China to Winnipeg sparked an investigation that led officers to dozens of firearms and a cache of ammunition.
The guns, seized from a home on a residential street in Windsor Park, include machine guns, submachine guns, rifles and handguns, with silencers and weapons of war.
“These are definitely not common to be used from day-to-day criminal operations,” said Insp. Max Waddell, Winnipeg Police Service.
Police said the Canada Border Services Agency intercepted the silencer that was sent from China in July of 2019 and informed the unit of the Winnipeg Police Service tasked with firearms investigations.
Then on Oct. 16, officers with that unit worked with tactical support officers to carry out two search warrants at the home in the first 100 block of Almond Bay, where the weapons were found. A man was arrested at the scene.
Waddell said a seizure of this magnitude is rare.
“I would suggest to you that it’s not a common practice in the city of Winnipeg for any one individual to be in possession with not only this amount of firearms, but the capability,” he said.
“It’s hard for me to comprehend this, and we should all be just very thankful that they didn’t end up in the street,” he said, noting many guns end up in the street due to break and enters.
Waddell shared specifics of more than a dozen of the weapons, including:
- a Heckler & Koch M1 Super 90 shotgun, which he said was a prohibited semi-automatic weapon;
- a Finnish M44 submachine gun, which he said could hold up to 50 rounds;
- a Sterling L34A1 submachine gun that he said had been altered to allow for more rounds;
- a FN PS90 rifle and suppressor, also known as a silencer, that masks the sound of a firearm;
- a CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 pistol;
- a Thompson 1928A1 submachine gun;
- a Browning Automatic Rifle FN Type D machine gun he said was a Second World War era weapon that fires large, 7 mm rounds;
- a Kalashnikov AK47 rifle, which he said is well known and common;
- an Ingram M11 submachine gun, which is small in size but still capable of multiple rounds;
- an Intratec Tec-22 handgun, that Waddell said is fully automatic and also prohibited;
- a Glock 18 handgun and suppressor;
- a Browning Machine Gun M1950 FN machine gun, that Waddell described as a war-type gun that would typically be mounted on a vehicle or tripod, due to its large size;
- a Bren Gun Mark 1M machine gun that he said was also WW2 era, of a large size and uses a tripod mount;
- a Norinco MAK-90 rifle Waddell said is similar to an AK-47;
- a German Machine Gun MG15 machine gun, another large ex-war gun;
- a Walther PPS handgun; and
- a Smith & Wesson 637-2 revolver, which Waddell said is similar to the guns police officers used to carry.
Police also seized 10,000 rounds of ammunition, around 40 prohibited high-capacity magazines, three prohibited suppressors, a number of exploding targets and pyrotechnics and two pieces of body armour.
Waddell said without a licence, body armour is illegal, and so are gun silencers.
“There’s no real reason I can think of why anyone would need to have a suppressor in a firearm, especially here, locally,” he said.
Purpose of guns under investigation
Waddell said the investigation is continuing and there are a number of unknowns, including what the purpose of the collection, if any, may be and whether the guns had been used in any crimes.
“We will be doing ballistics testing, we’ll be doing firearms testing, and then we will start to work backwards now, with piecing that puzzle together,” he said.
He also said some of the guns in the collection were unrestricted and some had previously been licensed, but the licences had lapsed.
Winnipeg resident Andrew Michael Krywonizka, 41, has been charged with a list of weapons offences, none of which have been tested in court.