Gun offences are taken very seriously in Canada – there are gun offences that stand on their own, like those listed below, and then there are other crimes, where if a gun is used or present, the penalty for that crime is significantly increased. Firearms can be classed as unrestricted or restricted. Firearms are heavily regulated in Canada, and sometimes innocent people who are unaware certain laws have changed or have not fully informed themselves of how to legally and properly licence, obtain, store, or transport their firearms, find themselves charged with a Criminal Code offence that they did not mean to commit.
The following are some of the firearm offences listed in the Criminal Code of Canada:
- Careless use of a firearm – s. 86 of the Criminal Code
- Pointing a Firearm – s. 87 of the Criminal Code
- Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose – s. 88 of the Criminal Code
- Carrying a Weapon While Attending a Crowded Meeting – s. 89 of the Criminal Code
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon – s. 90 of the Criminal Code
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm – s. 91 of the Criminal Code
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle – s. 94 of the Criminal Code
- Possession of a Weapon Obtained by the Commission of an Offence – s. 96 of the Criminal Code
- Reckless Discharging of a Firearm – s. 244.2 of the Criminal Code
- Discharge of an Air Gun or Pistol Causing Bodily Harm – s. 244.1 of the Criminal Code
Some firearm offences carry a minimum penalty of jail, so if you, or someone you know, has been charged with a firearm or weapons offence, call us immediately for a free consultation so we can inform you of the laws surrounding the offence you’ve bene charged with, and strategize to come up with your best defence.