A 51-year-old Brandon man has been arrested for possession of prohibited weapons after 12 stun guns were intercepted by police and border authorities.
It appears they were discovered when a man ordered them online and had them delivered.
While it’s not known why the stun guns were obtained in this case — whether they would be sold, for example, or distributed — they’re prohibited devices that are illegal for the general public to have.
"I think there probably are a few people who just come across them on the Internet and think that that would be something cool to have and don’t do the research and aren’t educated to know that they’re prohibited," Brandon Police Service Sgt. David Andrew said.
"… Other people know that they are prohibited and illegal weapons and just want to have them in their possession."
The BPS announced the arrest on Wednesday. It was the result of an ongoing investigation in which a package of stun guns were initially intercepted by the Canada Border Services Agency, they said.
Six of the weapons were designed to resemble iPhones.
Andrew said it’s believed that the man ordered the stun guns online and had them shipped to himself.
He said the CBSA first learned of the packaged stun guns earlier this month.
The suspect was arrested on Tuesday and the stun guns recovered at his home. The suspect was released following his arrest to appear in court in June.
Andrew said Brandon police have come across stun gun devices before during their duties. Suspects have had them as a form of personal protection (including drug dealers).
But they’re not usually found on this scale. They may be found one at a time, for example, during investigations and searches of suspects.