Weapons and Firearms Offences

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Introduction

Firearms and other weapon offences is set out in Part III of the Criminal Code.

Lawful possession of firearms is governed by the Firearms Act.

On April 5, 2012, the Long-Gun Registry was eliminated removing the requirement that non-restricted firearms be registered.

Definitions

Weapons

See Definition of Weapons

Firearms

See Definition of Firearms

Weapons-related Offences

There are also several offence that include a weapon as an essential element:

Firearm Possession Offences

Offences relating to the "possession" of firearms are subject to exemptions under s. 84(3) [re exempted firearm-like devices such as BB guns, flare guns, etc].

Firearm Use Offences

Defences

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