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Cablegate: Response to Blue Lantern Level 3 Request:

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STATE FOR MP/DTCC BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR BALLARD,
VANCOUVER FOR ALVARSON AND BENSON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CA ETTC KOMC
SUBJECT: RESPONSE TO BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3 REQUEST:
PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK OF LICENSE 050113948

REF: (A) STATE 081385 (B) 06 VANCOUVER 500

1. SUMMARY: Per reftel A, Consulate General Vancouver
investigated Paul Reibin, dba Range Sports Unlimited (RSU),
regarding his bona fides to export munitions as identified
under application 050113948. Mr. Reibin is in possession of
a Business Firearms License issued by the Canadian Firearms
Centre (CFC) permitting him to sell non-prohibited ammunition
that was verified by a CFC officer. End Summary.

2. Congen Vancouver Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco Assistant
Country Attach (ATA) Terry Alverson and Immigration and
Customs Enforcement Assistant Attach Kevin Benson conducted
a site visit at RSU and interviewed Reibin in Kamloops,
British Columbia on October 2, 2008. Reibin resides and
conducts business in a single-family home located in a
residential neighborhood at 845 Pleasant Street, Kamloops,
BC, V2C-3B5. This location is confirmed as RSU,s registered
place of business on both Reibin,s Firearms License,
#10008675.0010, and Industry Canada,s website.

3. Reibin stated that he retired from Canada Border Services
Agency, formerly known as Customs & Excise, in 1988. He has
been active in competitive rifle shooting for many years and
is a member of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association and
competes internationally.

4. Reibin stated that he started his firearms business in
1975 and that he has held a business firearms license since
1990. He conducts all firearms business at his residence by
appointment only. He advertises in firearms literature ) a
Google search located his business on an &Adams Lake Rifle
Barrels8 website,
www.riflebarrels.ca/html/links and contacts.html. Reibin
stated that much of his business is with friends and
associates. The majority of his business deals with firearm
actions and parts and that he would like to sell more
ammunition. He estimated his current inventory to be three
rifle actions; 2,500 bullets and 1,000 empty ammunition
brass. He stated that he currently owns approximately 10
personal firearms.

5. Reibin stated that he became acquainted with Berger
Bullets (BB), identified at the seller in reftel, via an
associate on England,s shooting team who gave him two boxes
of their bullets. Reibin wants to import the bullets to sell
to competitive and sport shooters in Canada. Reibin stated
that he has no intention to export the bullets from Canada
and realized that any subsequent export is not authorized.

6. Although no specific point of contact was provide for BB,
Reibin stated that he had contacted the company to express
his interest in purchasing bullets from them. A BB
representative advised Reibin that prior to any order being
processed that he would have to complete an export
application. Subsequently Reibin received documentation that
he filled out and returned to BB however he was not able to
produce a copy of those documents. Reibin stated that he has
no pending purchase orders with BB and that if, and when, his
application is approved, he will order only amounts necessary
to fill customer requests.

7. In an apparent memory lapse, when asked whether he had
ever before applied to export munitions from the U.S., Reibin
stated that he was denied approval to export several RPA
Qstated that he was denied approval to export several RPA
rifle actions approximately five or six years ago although he
did not know why. COMMENT: The application was actually
submitted and denied in 2006, reftel B. END COMMENT.

8. On October 6, 2008 ATA Alverson spoke with Firearms
Officer (FO) Ken Kimball, CFC in Kamloops. Kimball has dealt
with Reibin in an official capacity for roughly 10 years.
Kimball knows Reibin to import RPA rifle actions for use in
the assembly and manufacture of competitive shooting rifles
which he sells. At the time of Reibin,s last inspection,
June 3, 2004, his inventory consisted of one .22 rifle and 15
RPA rifle actions. Kimball stated that the security at
Reibin,s residence is adequate for the business he conducts
and that Reibin has two gun vaults in the basement and
another in a structure behind the house. Kimball stated that

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he has never noted a negative finding in his review of
Reibin,s business practices and that Reibin has been
generally cooperative.

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