If you keep a firearm in your possession or want to keep one for security reasons, you must read this article thoroughly to avoid any troubles related to it. The possession of firearms is stringently regulated in Ontario, Canada. Understanding the laws like the Canadian firearm act and sections 84-117 of the Criminal Code, which cover firearms and weapons offences, is crucial. Let us learn in-depth about it.
More About Firearm Laws Of Ontario
As per the Canadian government, firearms and other weapons are highly dangerous, especially in the context of criminal activities. As such, the punishment for disobeying firearm laws is extreme.
Therefore, if you or someone you know is charged with a firearm-related offence in Ontario, it is important to reach out to a criminal lawyer experienced in firearm offences. A lawyer that is knowledgeable in this area of law might save you from severe punishment by understanding the complexity of the case and putting up the best possible defence.
Different Types Of Charges Related To Firearm
It is obvious that illegal possession of a gun, or other weapons, it a crime. However, did you know that improper storage of a firearm is also a crime? Yes, there are several charges related to firearms that can get an individual in hot waters. Let us look at other common charges related to firearms issued by the Ontario court:
- Illegal possession of a firearm (without a valid license)
- Inappropriate use of a firearm
- Wrong storage of the firearm
- Smuggling firearms
- Carrying a covered firearm
- Committed robbery using a firearm
- Threatening people with a firearm
Conditions For Storage, Possession, And Transportations Of Firearms
In Canada, many people face difficulty with the conditions, requirements, and restrictions cited by firearm-related laws. Only the people who have a government’s approved firearm license can possess firearms under certain conditions.
The firearm license in Canada is named a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL). Every Canadian citizen needs to have this license to buy and own a firearm in Canada. PAL is valid for 5 years, after which your firearm turns unauthorized. Strict requirements for PAL are:
- The owner must be of at least 18 years old
- They must not have any criminal history
- Must be mentally stable and healthy
- Completed Canadian firearm safety program
What Is Covered By PAL?
This license covers non-restricted firearms with a long barrel and limited capacities like shotguns and rifles used for hunting and shooting. However, if you want to possess a pistol or other restricted short barrel firearms, you need additional authorization.
Under PAL, you can transport unloaded, and non-restricted firearms anywhere in the region provided it is legal there. For restricted firearms, additional authorization is needed for transportation.
Your non-restricted firearm should be unloaded while stored and kept in a secure place or trigger locked. Also, store the ammunition should be stored separately.
Charges Related To Possession, Use, And Other Firearm Misdeeds
Keeping a firearm without PAL or an expired PAL can result in having to spend time in prison, depending on the type of firearm found in your possession. Other offences mentioned below can get someone imprisoned from 1 to 14 years. Let’s have a look at them.
- Making an unmanned firearm
- Illegal import/export
- Not reporting a lost firearm to the authority
- Tampering of firearm serial numbers and others.
Find Your Best Lawyer Today!
When dealing with such strict and complicated firearm-related charges, it is best to find a skilled lawyer who can comprehend the case for you and head for a favourable verdict. With hands-on experience in firearm-related cases, Manbir S. Sodhi has successfully defended clients in firearms cases, which resulted in outcomes such as charges being withdrawn due to do due to low prospect of conviction, not-guilty verdicts after trial, and charges being reduced. Contact us for a free consultation right away!