A Saskatchewan RCMP officer has been charged with unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm.

Police say a January check of Rene Giroux’s personal firearms licence revealed it had expired and a .22 caliber pistol he owns was confiscated.

Giroux was charged on June 30.

He remains on active duty with the Waskesiu detachment.

The officer is due in Montreal Lake Cree Nation Court on Sept. 2.