Anger swells over seizure of guns in flood-ravaged High River

Northwest High River was the first to be affected by the flood and seven days after, the...

Northwest High River was the first to be affected by the flood and seven days after, the devastation is still very evident. A boat trailer was snagged by a fire hydrant in the developed area. A media tour conducted by the Canadian Armed Forces took place on Tuesday, June 25, allowing access to unseen parts of the town. (TAYLOR WEAVER HIGH RIVER TIMES/QMI AGENCY)

Rick Bell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:04 AM ET

HIGH RIVER, Alta. - It's the high-calibre elephant in the room.

It has the prime minister's office talking. Ditto Alberta's top cop. Ditto the premier, who isn't happy this issue is consuming political oxygen.

Ditto the Mountie mucky-mucks.

Yes, the province steps in at the request of the mayor and takes over the recovery of this town of 13,000.

But as they're talking about those plans, newshounds pose puzzlers about the RCMP seizing at least several hundred guns out of people's homes after they'd been evacuated.

The RCMP confirmed what this scribbler reported Thursday.

Some folks moved their guns out of storage in basements and got them upstairs when the waters rose.

When the Mounties entered the houses later, they saw the guns and took them to the cop shop. They will be returned when the owners present the proper paperwork.

Still, some folks don't think the move passes the smell test.


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