Another week, another replica firearm seized by police in the Greater Victoria Area.
The latest seizure, according to the Victoria Police Department, happened on Aug. 9. They say officers were at a temporary housing facility in the 1900-block of Douglas Street when someone informed officers that a male resident had a handgun in his room.
Officers went to the room in question, discovered a firearm in plain view and seized it.
It turns out the firearm was a “realistic” but functional replica handgun that had bullets, police said.
No one was arrested but the department says the matter remains under investigation.
There have been numerous seizures of replica firearms and pellet guns by police departments in the Greater Victoria region in recent months.
According to the Victoria Police Department, between January and August of this year, their officers have “attended” to 59 files involving replica firearms.
In fact, just last week, VicPD officers seized a replica pellet gun that they believe was used to shoot a city hall office window in late July.
Also in July, West Shore RCMP seized a replica long-gun drug trafficking investigation in View Royal in July. That same month, the detachment also found four replica handguns following a multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking operation that resulted in the arrest of five individuals.
Meanwhile, Saanich police arrested a man on July 17 after he was allegedly carrying a replica handgun at Mount Douglas Park.
Two replica firearms were also seized by Victoria police officers on two separate occasions in June.
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