DETROIT (WWJ) – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office says the number of weapons seizures at the Detroit-Windsor border since October has doubled compared to that same period last year.

Since October 2012 border agents working at ports of entry in Detroit have confiscated nearly 50 weapons including 16 handguns, two shotguns, 10 electronic weapons, 13 knives and two swords, along with magazines and various types of ammunition.

Agents say in some cases, the weapons are being brought by legitimate hunters who aren’t aware of the rules at the border, but that’s not always the case.

“As these seizures show, our officers also encounter individuals transporting prohibited firearms and other items. The fact that all of these seizures were done without any incidents shows the efficiency and effectiveness of our officers,” Roderick Blanchard, Detroit Port Director, said in a statement.

For information on how to properly transport hunting/sport weapons across the border, visit the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives website at


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