Firearm Offences

There are a number of offences relating to the possession, storage and transferring of firearms. There are also a number of charges that relate to the use of firearms in various other offences.

The use of a firearm in the commission of an offence will greatly increase the sentence if convicted and there are mandatory minimum sentences associated with many firearms related offences.

Unlawful Possession

Having possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm with a valid permit leads to this charge. This relatively simple charge can become much more serious is the firearm is found to be loaded or there readily available ammunition found with it. In this case there could be a mandatory term of imprisonment if convicted.

Pointing a Firearm

It is uncommon for this charge to be laid without other charges. This offence is fairly self-explanatory, and relates to situations where an individual points a firearm at another person.

Use of a Firearm During the Commission of an Indictable Offence

This charge as it states involves using a firearm during another crime such as robbery or assault. These offence leads to a mandatory minimum period of imprisonment.

Illegal or Improper Transfer of a Firearm

There are specific procedures and regulations dictating how firearms can be bought and sold. Failure to follow these procedures can lead to criminal charges.

Improper Storage of Firearms

Improper storage is one of the most common charges relating to firearms and results from a failure to follow specific storage regulations including the use of trigger locks and gun safes.


Sentencing for Firearms offences varies greatly depending on the specific charge and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. In addition to the penal consequences for a number of Firearms offences the firearms themselves can be seized and forfeited as well as permits and acquisition certificates can be voided.




  DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended as legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should seek legal advice from a lawyer.


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Brendan Neil, Criminal Trial Lawyer, Firearm Offences

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