A cyclist was arrested after they were caught carrying a replica handgun, say police.
According to the Saanich Police Department, an officer with their bike unit was travelling along Carey Road when they noticed a cyclist commit multiple Motor Vehicle Act offences at around 5:15 p.m. on July 16.
The officer then stopped the male cyclist, who was then arrested after police say, he had outstanding warrants.
Police say the officer then searched the cyclist and discovered a replica glock handgun along with a folding knife and a slingshot despite being “bound by court conditions” to not be in possession of any such weapons.
The man was taken into custody and is now facing new charges for breaching conditions of his probation order, police say.
Const. Markus Anastasiades, media spokesperson with the Saanich Police Department, said in a press release that officers routinely find replica firearms.
“These pose a significant safety risk to the general public, those that carry them,
and any police officer responding to a call about a person carrying one, as police are trained to
treat all firearms as real until proven otherwise,” he said in a release. “While owning an airsoft or replica firearm is not illegal, discharging them is prohibited in the Municipality of Saanich.”