By John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A Trout Lake outfitter will be staying close to home for the next few months after being found guilty of improper storage of firearms.

Darrel Davis, who runs Trout Lake Adventures, was sentenced to six months’ probation at Nakusp Provincial Court on November 4. The sentence includes house arrest for the first two months, followed by two more months of a nighttime curfew.

Davis was charged in May 2019 after police raided his property on Hwy 31 looking for an alleged stolen piece of heavy equipment. While the loader was finally determined not to have been stolen, the police did find firearms and ammunition in the man’s house, improperly stored. Long rifles and a hand-gun were found, loaded with ammunition, lying around the bedroom.

Both Davis and his wife were charged with possession of a loaded, restricted firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm without a licence, and careless use and storage of a firearm.

The Davis’ defence attorney, Vancouver lawyer Paul McMurray, said he believed there were violations to the Davis’ Charter rights by the police during the search, but the couple had agreed to a plea bargain to have the matter settled.

Davis had been charged with a similar firearms-storage offence in 2014.

Ruling that Davis was no threat to public safety, and that firearms were common and necessary in rural areas, Judge Robert Brown handed the man a six-month sentence to be served in the community. Besides the house arrest, Davis is to keep the peace, must report to his probation officer on demand and have no direct contact with the complainant who made the initial allegation against Davis that prompted the search.

He’ll be prohibited from possessing a firearm for two years, will forfeit his ammunition and pay a $400 fine. He won’t lose his guns automatically, but has to transfer ownership to a licenced person within 90 days. 

He’ll be allowed to go to Vancouver for scheduled medical appointments. 

All charges against his wife, Jennifer Davis, have been stayed as part of the plea bargain.

This item is reprinted with permission from Valley Voice.

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