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Dec7: Montague found guilty on 26 firearms related charges

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Source: Kenora Daily Miner and News

Eaton Rugby man unswayed in his beliefs

By Garett Williams
Friday December 07, 2007

After less than a day of deliberations, the jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday on 26 of more than 50 firearms related charges faced by Bruce Montague.

Montague sat in the defendant's chair holding his 16-year-old daughter's hand over his shoulder as the foreman read the verdicts. His sister sat behind him, rocking back and forth, with a tissue to her eye.

Donna Montague was found guilty on one of the three charges she faced. She was holding her husband's hand and shaking as the decisions were read. Crown attorney Peter Keen said he's not looking for a jail sentence for Donna Montague. Bruce Montague was remanded out of custody and must adhere to the existing conditions of his release until he is sentenced on March 17, after a pre-sentence report has been completed by a probation officer.

The trial stems back to 2004 when Bruce Montague was arrested at a Dryden gun show. He was held in custody for more than 10 days, until he revealed the location of a hidden room, which he called a secure vault, in his basement, where the guns related to most of the charges were found.

Montague faced 53 weapons related charges, including the unauthorized possession and careless storage of non-restricted firearms, explosives and restricted firearms. His wife, Donna, faced a charge of unauthorized possession of a firearm and two counts of careless storage of a firearm.

Six of the charges were given a directed verdict of not guilty by Justice John Wright, with consent from Keen, after the Crown failed to present evidence relating to the charges.

The Montagues have been outspoken against the Firearms Act for years, touring from province to province trying to get arrested, so the law could be challenged in court.

In the time since he was arrested, Bruce Montague has entered into two constitutional challenges against the Firearms Act. The first one ended abruptly when he fired his lawyer, Calvin Martin.

He reloaded with a new lawyer, Doug Christie, and returned to a Kenora Superior courtroom in October to continue his challenge. He 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. The challenge was dismissed by Wright.

"I am unswayed in my beliefs and my opinions," Montague said when the ruling was handed down. "This is something I am doing on a principled stand. I've been doing it well in advance of my charges, I've been doing it after my charges and I will continue to do it, even out of prison if need be."

Bruce Montague was found guilty Thursday on 26 charges including possession without a licence, obliterating serial numbers, having readily accessible ammunition, alterations to automatic weapons and building a silencer.

He was found not guilty on all charges relating to being a danger to the public peace and selling firearms knowing the person is not authorized to transfer it under the Firearms Act.

Six charges were given a directed verdict of not guilty including careless storage, three dealing with a loaded gun and another for an explosive substance not reasonably stored.

Donna Montague was found guilty of one of three charges -- possession without a licence and acquitted of careless storage charges.


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