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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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