Dryden-area resident and former gunsmith Bruce Montague was sentenced
Tuesday to 18 months in prison on 26 of 35 firearms-related offences.
Justice John Wright had some harsh words for Montague as he delivered the
sentence in Kenora.
Wright described Montague as stubborn and tenacious to a fault, saying he
acted foolishly by making automatic weapons.
The toughest sentence was for converting semi-automatic guns into
Montague was also handed sentences ranging from six months to a year, but
all will be served concurrently.
Lawyer Doug Christie says he plans to seek bail for his client so he can
remain free while the appeals process is ongoing.
Montague had faced 53 charges, including possession of firearms without a
licence, obliterating serial numbers, having readily accessible ammunition
and building a sound suppressor.
He was acquitted on all charges relating to explosives and being a danger
to the public peace.
Montague's wife Donna was given six months probation for owning a firearm
without a licence.
Montague has been an outspoken critic of the federal Firearms Act for
years, touring from province to province, trying to get arrested so that
the law could be challenged in court. He was arrested at a Dryden gun show
The first stage of a constitutional challenge against Bill C-68 and the
Firearms Act was dismissed last October.
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