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Gravenhurst man charged in nationwide weapons probe

Police seized hundreds of weapons, firearms parts created with 3D printers

A Gravenhurst man is among 11 people charged in relation to a nationwide weapons investigation.

The probe began in Montreal after police learned of a business that was selling firearm parts.

“These parts are not compatible with other firearms and are used exclusively to create personally manufactured firearms, which are most commonly produced utilizing 3D printing technologies,” Ontario Provincial Police stated in a news release.

Fourteen search warrants were executed Tuesday in Ontario and the following items were seized:

  • 10 3D-printed firearms (some of which were loaded)
  • 16 handguns
  • 43 partially manufactured firearms
  • 46 unrestricted firearms
  • 123 magazines including several prohibited magazines
  • 10 3D printers
  • thousands of rounds of ammunition
  • hundreds of firearm parts
  • one suppressor
  • 11 airsoft rifles
  • four bulletproof vests
  • illicit drugs including more than 1,000 suspected fentanyl pills
  • $33,700 in Canadian currency
  • one cryptocurrency wallet

Search warrants were also executed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Thomas Sams, 37, of Gravenhurst, has been charged with possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order.