CBSA investigation leads to jail time for firearms offences

News release

Photo of seized firearms, ammunition and 3D printer

December 6, 2022        Winnipeg, Manitoba          Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to keeping prohibited weapons out of our communities and ensuring that those who break our laws are held accountable. Today, the CBSA announced the conviction of Ryan Buhler, 35, of regional municipality of Hanover, Manitoba, for the manufacture and possession of unauthorized firearms.

In September 2021, officers at the Toronto International Mail Processing Centre intercepted a postal shipment addressed to Buhler in Manitoba. The shipment, labelled as furniture brackets, was found to contain firearm components needed to assemble a 3D-printed Glock-type pistol also known as a “ghost gun.” CBSA Criminal Investigators in Winnipeg began an investigation.

On December 16, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at Buhler’s residence, where officers seized two 3D-printed Glock-pattern pistols, a 3D printer, three non-restricted firearms, digital devices and a personal quantity of ammunition. On December 31, 2021, Buhler was charged with a number of offences under the Customs Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.

On November 3, 2022, Buhler pleaded guilty in a Steinbach, Manitoba courthouse to:

  • Unauthorized firearm manufacturing, Section 99 of the Criminal Code – one count
  • Unauthorized firearm possession knowing its possession is unauthorized, Section 92 of the Criminal Code – one count

Buhler was sentenced to a concurrent three-year and two-year jail sentence for those offences, respectively. The remaining charges laid were stayed as a result of a plea agreement. 

Quotes

“We’re taking action to keep Canadians safe from gun violence. ‘Ghost guns’ are a serious and growing risk, and the CBSA and other law enforcement agencies are stepping up efforts to address them. I want to thank CBSA employees for their hard work to protect our communities.”

 - The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendocino, Minister of Public Safety

“CBSA officers remain on alert to seize prohibited firearms and firearm parts. This continues to be a top priority for the Agency and an important way we contribute to public safety, protecting the communities we serve on a daily basis.”

  - Brad Wozny, Regional Director General, Prairie Region, Canada Border Services Agency

Quick facts

  • Firearms, firearm parts, and weapons are high-risk commodities and the identification of illicit movement and interdiction of these commodities is a CBSA enforcement priority.

  • Working closely with other law enforcement agencies, including the RCMP, the CBSA uses data, intelligence, and risk indicators to identify illicit firearms, helping to keep them off Canadian streets and out of communities. The Agency also conducts intelligence and criminal investigations, in collaboration with our police partners, to identify and interdict firearms. These projects have led to numerous seizures across the country, and various charges laid under the Customs Act and the Criminal Code.

  • If you have information on suspicious or criminal activities, please contact your local police or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Contacts

Media Relations

Canada Border Services Agency

media@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca  

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