Gerald Stanley sentenced to $3K fine and 10-year ban from gun ownership for improper firearm storage

Gerald Stanley sentenced to $3K fine and 10-year ban from gun ownership for improper firearm storage

Gerald Stanley has been fined $3,000 and banned from owning firearms for 10 years after he pleaded guilty to improper storage of firearms at a courtroom in North Battleford, Sask. on Monday afternoon.

A second charge relating to improper storage of a restricted firearm — a handgun — was withdrawn citing insufficient evidence.

The Crown and defence requested a $3,000 fine for Stanley, forfeiture of some of this guns, and a firearm ban. 

Stanley’s lawyer Scott Spencer said the guns in question were “typical rural firearms” similar to those found on many farms.

“Mr. Stanley frankly wishes he never owned a gun … Mr. Stanley has no desire to ever hold a gun again,” said Spencer.

Stanley acquitted in shooting death of Colten Boushie

​The Biggar, Sask.-area farmer was acquitted in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie in February.

Boushie was shot in the head after he and group of other young people from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation drove onto Stanley’s farm in August, 2016. 

Stanley was charged with second-degree murder but after a two-week trial was found not guilty. 

The Saskatchewan Crown is not appealing the jury’s decision. 

Photos of guns found in Gerald Stanley’s basement. (RCMP)

Crown says seven guns stored improperly 

The seven guns alleged to be stored improperly by Stanley, as listed in the court file, are a J. Stevens Arms Company 520 rifle, a .22-calibre semi-automatic rifle, a.22-calibre bolt-action rifle, a Winchester 1200 shotgun, a Lakefield Mark 2 .22-calibre rifle and a Winchester 1894 rifle. 

A previous charge relating to a Ruger Blackhawk .45-calibre handgun was dropped.

A prosecutor for the Crown said none of the guns were disabled. 

Photos of guns found in Gerald Stanley’s bedroom. (RCMP)

The Tokarev pistol Stanley testified he was holding when it went off and killed Boushie is not among the guns listed. 

Stanley testified during his trial that he normally used that gun to scare off coyotes. On the day Boushie was shot, he and son were planning to shoot targets. 

Published at Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:39:04 -0400