20 Jul Firearm Offences
Although many of the firearm offences that are brought before the courts in Canada are related to criminal activities, often, firearm charges are also brought against innocent citizens due to a misunderstanding or ignorance of gun laws.
Firearm offences include:
- Illegal possession of a firearm
- Possession of a firearm with ammunition
- Improper storage of a firearm
- Possession of an unregistered or unlicensed firearm
- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Possession of a restricted firearm
- Pointing a firearm
- Careless use of a firearm
- Using a firearm in the commission of a crime
Penalties for firearm offences
The penalties for firearm offences vary depending on the crime. A minor offence like improper storage of a firearm carries sentences ranging from six months in prison plus a $5000 fine to two years in prison. Pointing a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon carry sentences ranging from six months in prison plus a $5000 fine to five years in prison.
You may face up to 10 years behind bars for possessing a firearm for a dangerous purpose, knowingly possessing an unauthorized firearm, or possessing a restricted firearm with ammunition. Using a firearm during the commission of a crime carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
Speak to our Calgary criminal defence lawyer today
Firearm offences are the most significant of all weapon charges. Therefore, regardless of the nature of your gun crime, you should contact a criminal defence lawyer immediately.
If you have been charged with a firearm offence in Calgary, contact us at the law office of Jason Wuttunee.
Jason Wuttunee is an experienced Calgary criminal defence lawyer who served as a Crown prosecutor for over a decade before starting his criminal defence practice. Having served on both sides of the justice system, Mr. Wuttunee understands the nuances of advancing a successful defence and will work to ensure the best possible outcome at the earliest stage of prosecution.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
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