Police find 174 guns in senior's house during wellness check

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The 76-year-old man, who has dementia, was taken to hospital to be seen by a psychiatric professional, police said.  (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)
The 76-year-old man, who has dementia, was taken to hospital to be seen by a psychiatric professional, police said. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)

Vancouver police say they seized more than 170 guns from a senior's home in South Granville while conducting a wellness check last week.

Officers, along with staff from Vancouver Coastal Health, went to a home 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 a plainclothes police officer with a registered or psychiatric nurse to do on-site assessments during mental health crises.

Police say the man has dementia and physical health issues.

Most of the 174 firearms found in the home were vintage and from the Second World War.

"The guns were all seized as 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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