American lawyer fined after crossing Canadian border with guns

An American attorney who crossed the border into Canada to package restricted firearms has been heavily fined and will not get his guns back.

Shawn Bertram Jensen crossed the border in Osoyoos, BC with two restricted firearms on October 25, 2019. Court documents show they unloaded a Colt AR15 rifle and a loaded restricted Ruger .22 pistol.

“He denied knowledge of the presence of these firearms in his vehicle or intended to import them and therefore pleaded guilty to (the) unlawful transport of firearms,” ​​a Canadian prosecutor said in a statement this week.

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As such, he pleaded guilty to the transport of a firearm in two ways, contrary to the storage, display, transport and handling of firearms according to individual regulations that were contrary to the criminal code.

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“Each count was fined $ 3,500 for a total fine of $ 7,000 plus the 30 percent VFS. Confiscation and a ten-year gun ban were also ordered, ”said the Canadian prosecutor.

Eight other charges, including smuggling goods into Canada, false or misleading information about imports of goods, and possession charges were suspended.

The case had been delayed due to the closure of the Canada-US border

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Jensen had a first request to postpone the process granted on November 2, 2020 due to the 14-day isolation requirement for border crossings. He applied for a second stay, which was granted in Penticton Provincial Court on February 1. September was then planned.

At the time of the indictment, Jensen was working for the Valor Law Group. It is said that his legal career began as a trainee lawyer for two judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, followed by a position at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where he handled complex litigation from 1988 to 1997.

The biography also mentions that he was a human resources advisor at the International Monetary Fund from 1997 to 2003 before becoming a solo practitioner. It added that he graduated from Gonzaga University Law School with honors.

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– With files from Doyle Potenteau

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