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Firearm Offences in Canada

Part III of the Criminal Code of Canada sets out firearm offences. These offences are further split into categories including the use, possession, trafficking, assembling, exporting/importing, and offences relating to lost, destroyed, or defaced weapons. This post will highlight some of the most common Criminal Code offences in relation to firearms. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, use offences include: In this section [a weapon] refers to a firearm, a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device, or any ammunition or prohibited ammunition Using a firearm (including imitation) in commission of offence Every person commits an offence who uses a firearm, whether or not the person causes or means to cause bodily harm to any person as a result of using the firearm: while committing an indictable offence while attempting to commit an indictable offence during flight after committing or attempting to commit an indictable offence Careless use…

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