DETROIT—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Detroit port of entry, have seen an increase in weapon seizures during fiscal year 2013.
Since October 2012, CBP officers working at ports of entry in Detroit have conducted 39 seizures of weapons and accessories. The seizures include 49 items consisting of 16 handguns, 2 shotguns, 10 electronic weapons, 13 knives, 2 swords, magazines and various types of ammunition. These seizures have increased over 100% compared to the same time period a year ago.
"It is not uncommon for our CBP officers to encounter people transporting hunting weapons across the border for legitimate recreational purposes," stated Roderick Blanchard, Detroit port director. "As these seizures show, our officers also encounter individuals transporting prohibited firearms and other items. The fact that all of these seizures were done without any incidents shows the efficiency and effectiveness of our officers."
"CBP is on the front lines taking illegal weapons off of our streets," stated Christopher Perry, director of field operations. "Our partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Detroit Police Department and other agencies, gives us pride in being part of the team to decrease gun violence in the Detroit area."
For information on how to properly transport hunting/sport weapons across the border, travelers are urged to visit The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) website.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.