Canadian law defines a “firearm” as a barrelled weapon from which any shot, bullet, or other projectiles can be discharged and that can cause bodily injury or death to a person. This includes any frame or receiver of a barrelled weapon and anything that can be adapted for use as a “firearm.” Air guns can be classified as a firearm as well. Fake guns or imitation firearms may also meet definition.
If a firearm is used while committing a crime it can constitute a separate crime in and of itself. If bodily harm occurs, liability can be found whether or not it was intended.
If you carry, handle, transport, or store a firearm or a restricted weapon in a careless manner without reasonable precautions to the safety of others it can be a crime. Section 177(h) of the Firearms Act sets out the regulations around storage and safety.
It is illegal to point a firearm at someone without a lawful excuse.
The type of license required depends on the type of firearm in question. Some are restricted, non-restricted, and others are outright prohibited. You need some form of firearm licence to be legally allowed to possess a standard rifle or pistol. It is important to have the proper license to handle the type of firearm in question. It is your responsibility to be informed of this. Ignorance of the law is not a defence to breaking the law in firearm cases.
Discharging a firearm at a person to endanger them or prevent an arrest is illegal. If the discharge of the firearm was simply reckless, criminal liability may apply.
One or a combination of, fines, license revocation, ownership and use prohibitions or restrictions, fines, and potentially jail time depending on the seriousness of the circumstances.
Both lawyers at East Law grew up on farms and began hunting and using firearms at a young age. Both lawyers at East Law have their ‘gun licence’ and while these days they hunt less, both lawyers at East Law still shoot for sport. We understand the ins and outs of firearm offences, and given our background, will easily be able to understand your side of the story.
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I was referred to John through the Law Society to assist me on a very stressful legal matter. He was very responsive and confident we could achieve positive results.He guided me through every step of the process and ultimately had my charges withdrawn! It was so much more than I had hoped for! Thank you John for all your hard... Read more
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Experienced excellent legal representation from John at East Law. He built a strong case and handled everything in a prompt and diligent manner. I was thoroughly impressed by his trial experience and preparedness. His cross-examination made all the difference to get the desired outcome. Everything was communicated to me effectively and efficiently throughout the entire process. Would highly recommend John... Read more
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John East is an amazing defense lawyer, he takes his time to understand what the case is about and is determined to find the best way to defend it. In addition, John made sure to update me as my case progressed and that I understood what was happening at every step. As a result, John was able to resolve the... Read more
ABOUT JOHN EAST
B.A. (Hons), M.A., J.D.
John East lives for a fight. He is not afraid to throw a punch and is certainly not afraid to take a punch. He then became a Criminal Defence Lawyer. Having spent many years working on a farm, John East understands that hard work is what wins out at the end of the day. He applies this motto to every case that he defends, no matter what.LEARN MORE