By Garett Williams
Monday November 19, 2007
Nine firearms recovered from Bruce Montague’s Eton-Rugby home had been
de-registered and noted as exported, according to testimony on day
three of Montague’s trial on weapons-related criminal charges.
Richard Dvorski worked for the firearms registry until 2006 and signed
the affidavits stating neither Montague, his wife Donna or his
business, Monty’s Gunsmithing, had valid licences or registrations
after September of 2004.
He said he queried the registry for several firearms recovered from
Montague’s home at the request of the OPP. Nine of the firearms, some
with serial numbers altered or removed, were found to have been
registered and lawfully possessed by Montague at one time, but had
later been de-registered and noted as exported by the Dryden detachment
of the OPP.
During cross-examination by Montague’s lawyer Doug Christie, Dvorski
said it is unknown who in the detachment noted the firearms as exported
and there was no requirement that border officials communicate what is
exported with the registry.
Crown Attorney Robert Young called Dan Landrie, Montague’s neighbour
for more than 10 years, as the Crown’s second witness of the morning.
Landrie was present at a 2004 gun show in Dryden when Montague was
arrested. He was selling military gear at the show and Montague came to
help with his display.
He said he had no knowledge Montague brought with him an unregistered
riffle, which he wore slung over his shoulder with a sign hanging from
the barrel like a flag indicating it was for sale.
He called Montague helpful and generous saying “he’s been a very good
neighbour and friend.”
Montague is facing 53 charges, including the unauthorized possession
and careless storage of non-restricted firearms, explosives and
restricted firearms. His wife, Donna, is facing three charges -- the
unauthorized possession of a firearm and two counts of careless storage
of a firearm.
Assistant Crown attorney Peter Keen, assisted by Young, is heading the
The trial comes a week after the Montagues’ constitutional challenge of
the federal Firearms Act -- which aimed to strike out sections of the
Criminal Code of Canada related to the act, to have their criminal
charges dismissed and to have the Firearms Act declared
unconstitutional -- was dismissed by Justice John Wright.
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