Police find 174 guns in elderly home during welfare check

Vancouver Police said they seized more than 170 guns from a South Granville senior citizen’s residence during a welfare check last week.

Officers, along with staff from Vancouver Coastal Health, visited a house near West 15th Avenue and Granville Street to check on a 76-year-old man at the request of his doctor as part of Car 87, a program that pairs an undercover police officer with a registered nurse or psychiatric nurse to do on-site assessments during mental health crises.

Police say the man suffers from dementia and physical health problems.

Most of the 174 guns found in the house were vintage and World War II.

“The guns were all seized because they were not stored safely,” said const. Tania Visintin with the Vancouver Police Department in a statement.

The man was taken to hospital to be seen by a psychiatric professional, she said.

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