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Gun seized on Halifax bus: Man faces 6 weapons charges

10/24/2014 05:51 EDT | Updated 12/24/2014 05:59 EST
A 25-year-old man arrested in downtown Halifax on yesterday faces six weapons charges and another charge after a gun was found on a city bus.

The man has been in custody since around 11 a.m. Thursday, when officers got a call that someone had left a firearm on a Halifax Transit bus. ​

The suspect is accused of:

- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

- Carrying a concealed weapon.

- Unauthorized possession of a firearm.

- Possession of a firearm in a vehicle.

- Careless use of a firearm.

- Possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.

- Failing to comply with recognizance order.

His name has not been released.

Halifax Regional Police aren't sure he is connected to an earlier report of a man seen with a rifle in the downtown core that led to lockdowns at city hall, the legislature and other public buildings.

No one matching the description from the complainant has been found. 

“We have no information at this time to suggest that the incidents [Thursday] in Halifax are connected to the tragic incidents in Quebec and Ottawa this week, but investigators in the integrated general investigation section are continuing with the investigations to explore all the possibilities,” said Const. Pierre Bourdages.

“While we responded to these incidents as we would any weapons complaints, there is undoubtedly increased vigilance on everyone’s part. We thank everyone for abiding by our officers’ directions and for remaining calm in what was an alarming situation for our citizens.”

Anyone with information is asked to call (902) 490-5020.

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