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Portage store charged for allegedly selling gun to minor

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A Portage la Prairie store owner and employee have been charged with selling firearms to a minor.

On Monday, RCMP searched the business and arrested three men. Two of them were later charged with unauthorized transfer of a firearm and unauthorized transfer of ammunition.

Police targeted the store after arresting a 16-year-old Sandy Bay First Nation youth on Oct. 24. Their investigation showed the teen purchased firearms at the Portage business.

In Canada, a person must be at least 18-years-old to purchase a firearm. A firearm licence is also required.

The youth is facing a number of charges and remains in custody. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 26.

The store owner and employee have been released on a promise to appear in Portage court on Jan. 13, 2014.

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