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Veteran mountie faces weapons charges

REGINA, Saskatchewan, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Saskatchewan judge says she will rule next month in the case of a veteran Canadian Mountie tried for illegally storing firearms at his home.

Judge Marylynne Beaton said she will give her decision Nov. 18 in the case of Sgt. Doug Smith, who stood trial this week on two charges of careless storage of a firearm and contravening regulations of the Firearms Act pertaining to storage.

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The 22-year veteran and former detachment commander of the Lumsden, Regina RCMP took the stand Tuesday explaining how a rifle and handgun came to be found inside his apartment in July 2008.

He said following an "unfounded" complaint by the friend of his ex-wife he was moved from his Lumsden post to another division to keep the detachment separate from his crumbling personal life, the Regina Leader-Post reported Wednesday.

Smith testified the rifle, which was his and the handgun which a civilian had turned in to him was supposed to be destroyed but his normal work overburdened him and he just never got around to the task, taking the weapons home for storage.

The RCMP searched his apartment July 2008 and found the handgun inside a locking trunk and the rifle in a closet, the newspaper said.

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