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Firearms and Weapons Offences

handgun-231696_1280The firearms provisions in the Criminal Code are complex and severe.   It is illegal to own or possess a firearm unless you are properly licensed.  Firearms may fall into different categories- unrestricted, restricted, and prohibited. Different consequences apply for violations of the law depending on the type of weapon in question.

Long barreled firearms, such as hunting rifles and shotguns are usually unrestricted.  Nevertheless, in order to possess even an unrestricted firearm you must first obtain a Firearms Acquisition Certificate.

Handguns and certain types of semi-automatic firearms are restricted, requiring additional authorizations and the registration of the particular gun.’

Fully automatic guns, sawed-off guns, and a many other models of firearms which ar eset out by Regulation are prohibited.  Unless you are on active duty with law-enforcement or the military you are not permitted to own them.

The violation of the firearms laws contained  in the Criminal Code can have very serious penal consequences.  Although the mandatory minimum sentences for the unlawful possession of firearms in certain circumstances has been recently declared to be unconstitutional, a person who is caught with a loaded, unregistered, and illegal handgun is very likely to receive a 3-4 year prison sentence for a first offence.

Many offences contained in the Criminal Code contain enhanced mandatory sentences where firearms are used.  For example, Robbery with Firearm will result in  a mandatory 4 year sentence being imposed, in addition to what one will receive for the Robbery offence alone.  The same is true of other substantive offences contained in the Criminal Code.

The lawyers at the firm of Lo Greco Stilman all have over 20 years experience fighting for the rights of our clients. If you are facing a Firearms offence contact us today at 416-488-4110 or toll-free at 1-855-296-3191 or email us at