Firearm Offences

Firearms and weapons offences

In Canada, the Firearms Act (1995) regulates firearms and weapons offences as well as the Criminal Code of Canada. There are a various firearms offence, the most common are;

Unauthorised Possession of a Firearm – This is possessing a firearm without a licence

Illegal usage of a Firearm – This is when a firearm is used in the commission of an offence (for example, robbery with a firearm)

Careless Storage of a Firearm – Using or carrying, transports or stores a restricted weapon in a careless manner or without reasonable precautions for the safety of others and without any lawful excuse

Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose – Possessing or carrying a weapon for a purpose that is dangerous to the public.

The penalties for Firearm offence have serious mandatory sentences, ranging from 6 months imprisonment to 10 years imprisonment.

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