Weapons and Firearms Offences

Firearms, crossbows, blades and bats are often synonymous with sport and leisure. But when used improperly, criminal charges could be the result.

In Canada, weapons and firearms offences are regulated under the Firearms Act, the Criminal Code of Canada, and other related legislation. These offences involve the possession, use, trafficking, or improper storage of firearms and other prohibited weapons.

Some of the key weapons and firearms offences in Canada include:

Use of Firearms in Commission of an Offence (Section 85):

Committing a criminal offence while using a firearm can lead to enhanced penalties.

Careless Use, Storage, and Handling of Firearms (Section 86):

Failing to safely store, handle, or use firearms can lead to criminal charges.

Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (Section 88):

In most cases, possessing a non-prohibited or non-restricted weapon is not a criminal offence. However, if the purpose of possessing the weapon is for a dangerous purpose, an accused can be charged with that offence.

Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (Section 91(1)):

It is a criminal offence to possess a firearm without a valid license or registration certificate.

Possession of Prohibited Weapons (Section 91(2)):

The possession of prohibited weapons, such as switchblades or brass knuckles, is strictly regulated and can lead to criminal charges. The possession of prohibited devices and prohibited ammunition is also illegal.

Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm (Section 92):

This offence involves the unauthorized possession of firearms classified as prohibited or restricted under the Firearms Act.

Possession of Unauthorized Ammunition (Section 93):

Possessing ammunition without the proper authorization or license is an offence.

Possession of a Weapon Obtained by Crime (Section 96):

It is an offence to possess a weapon that was obtained through criminal activity.

Trafficking in Firearms (Section 99):

Engaging in the illegal sale, distribution, or transfer of firearms is considered a serious offence.

Tampering with Serial Numbers (Section 108):

Altering, defacing, or removing serial numbers from firearms is a criminal offence.


It is important to note that firearms laws in Canada are stringent, and there are different categories of firearms, including prohibited, restricted, and non-restricted. The possession, use, and transportation of firearms are subject to strict regulations, and individuals must hold the appropriate licenses and registrations.

If you are facing charges related to weapons and firearms offences in Canada, seeking the assistance of an experienced criminal defence lawyer is essential to protect your rights and navigate the legal process effectively. Let the lawyers at Cooper Lord Law help to defend your charges.

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