The laws related to a firearms charge in Canada pertaining to ownership and registration of Firearms is governed by the Firearms Act and its associated regulations. In some situations the penalties for offences under the act can be severe. The Firearms Act and Regulations is also constantly being updated to reflect changes in legislation.
This news release from the Hamilton Police Service https://hamiltonpolice.on.ca/community/news/2015/10/news-release-police-seize-loaded-firearm-during-response-trespasser demonstrates a situation where a gun owner legitimately called called the police due to a trespasser and ended up charged with weapons offences. Responsible gun owners should take the time review the Firearms Act & Regulations regularly to be sure that they are aware of the rules and consequences. If you have any questions regarding the Firearms Act or its associated Regulations call the Team at Smordin Law Criminal Lawyers to assist you.
A Firearms Charge is Serious
A firearms charge conviction can have serious consequences on your ability to travel internationally. In some cases the ability to obtain certain employment could also be affected by a firearms charge. The database of Criminal records are readily accessible by police forces across the country and a conviction for a firearms charge may always affect the manner in which police deal with you in the future.
Firearms charges related to unsafe storage and careless use are relatively more common charges and as such there has been a tremendous amount case law developed through litigation before the courts. Sandee Smordin and her team of experienced criminal defence lawyers are very successful at winning cases involving firearms charges.
From the Firearms Act
Careless use of firearm, etc.
86. (1) Every person commits an offence who, without lawful excuse, uses, carries, handles, ships, transports or stores a firearm, a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device or any ammunition or prohibited ammunition in a careless manner or without reasonable precautions for the safety of other persons.
Contravention of storage regulations, etc.
(2) Every person commits an offence who contravenes a regulation made under paragraph 117(h) of the Firearms Act respecting the storage, handling, transportation, shipping, display, advertising and mail-order sales of firearms and restricted weapons.