Weapons Offences

The transportation, storage, and use of firearms is heavily regulated in both the Criminal Code and various Federal regulations in Canada. Navigating the violations of these laws can be very technical in nature. 

Firearms offences have varying degrees of severity depending on the charge. Commons charges include:

 

  • Using a firearm in commission of an offence

  • Careless use of firearm

  • Pointing a firearm

  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

  • Carrying a concealed weapon

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm

  • Possession of a prohibited firearm

  • Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition

 

Up until recently some of the more serious weapons offences carried mandatory minimum sentences in jail. While many minimums have since been declared unconstitutional, Courts still sentence offenders to lengthy terms in jail.

Firearms offences can be quite technical, and the Crown must prove every element to secure a conviction. In every firearms offence an expert must test the firearm to determine that it can cause serious bodily harm and provide proof of this in an expert report. Since your firearm is always seized, your Charter rights are triggered with each firearms offence. Section 8 of the Charter guarantees that you are protected against unreasonable search and seizure. The Crown will almost always make an application to retain any firearms seized and for you to forfeit those firearms. All of these issues require an experienced lawyer who knows the law in this area and knows your rights.

Our lawyers have extensive experience with successfully defending individuals charged with criminal code firearms offences. Given the serious nature of these charges and the often long penitentiary sentences associated with these offences, your jeopardy is high. You must ensure you have experienced counsel on your side who will thoroughly review your case and ensure you get the best defence possible.

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