Firearm Possession Charges
Facing Weapon Charges In Alberta?
With recent amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada, penalties have dramatically increased, with a mandatory prison sentence, upon the conviction of a weapons charge, such as:
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Misuse of dangerous weapons
- Possession of a prohibited weapon or restricted weapon
- Weapons trafficking
- Possession for purpose of trafficking weapons
The transport of firearms into Canada
Canadian Law Enforcement strictly controls the movement of firearms and ammunition across the Canadian border. All firearms must be disclosed and presented to law enforcement when crossing into Canada. Failure to disclose firearms that have been discovered during a vehicle search can result in criminal charges, a prison sentence, and other dire consequences.
As an American citizen, you need to be aware that carrying a firearm within your vehicle across the US/Canadian border, (despite a valid registration) is considered a chargeable offense. Even simply engaging the Canadian border, not necessarily crossing, can trigger such an offense. This can result in temporary custody. Expect the Crown to oppose your release, resulting in further custody time and bail.
Canadian firearm laws are very strict and ultimately very different from the US Weapon Laws. The Criminal Code of Canada clearly outlines:
S. 95.(1) Everyone who commits an offense (possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm and/or readily accessible ammunition) is guilty of an indictable offense and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten (10) years and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of:
- Three (3) years in the case of a first offense
- Five (5) years in the case of a second offense or subsequent offense
- Not exceeding one (1) year imprisonment for a guilty offense punishable on a summary conviction
Possessing illegal firearms in Canada carries a minimum jail sentence. If you are charged with illegal firearm possession or the transport of illegal firearms, you will need the experience of our Calgary criminal lawyers to examine your situation and possibly negotiate a favourable result for your firearms charges. Greg Dunn has a skilled background in defending weapons charges and will be essential for your court proceedings for a concealed firearm charge. Contact the criminal law offices of Greg Dunn today – 1-587-315-0666 – to take the first step to resolve your criminal charges.