The possession of firearms in Canada is strictly regulated, and the alarming frequency of shootings in cities like Toronto and Vancouver has resulted in aggressive enforcement of firearms offences under the Criminal Code and amendments that mandate minimum sentences for some offences. Canadian firearms offences have also landed Americans visiting Canada with their guns in serious trouble.
The term “firearm” is defined in the Criminal Code as “a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person, and includes any frame or receiver of such a barreled weapon and anything that can be adapted for use as a firearm; and includes guns and rifles.”
Anyone charged with or being investigated for a firearms offence should seek legal counsel from an experienced Vancouver criminal defence lawyer at the earliest opportunity. The stakes are high.