Criminal Code

Version of section 117.03 from 2003-01-01 to 2012-04-04:

Marginal note:Seizure on failure to produce authorization
  •  (1) Notwithstanding section 117.02, a peace officer who finds

    • (a) a person in possession of a firearm who fails, on demand, to produce, for inspection by the peace officer, an authorization or a licence under which the person may lawfully possess the firearm and a registration certificate for the firearm, or

    • (b) a person in possession of a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device or any prohibited ammunition who fails, on demand, to produce, for inspection by the peace officer, an authorization or a licence under which the person may lawfully possess it,

    may seize the firearm, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device or prohibited ammunition unless its possession by the person in the circumstances in which it is found is authorized by any provision of this Part, or the person is under the direct and immediate supervision of another person who may lawfully possess it.

  • Marginal note:Return of seized thing on production of authorization

    (2) Where a person from whom any thing is seized pursuant to subsection (1) claims the thing within fourteen days after the seizure and produces for inspection by the peace officer by whom it was seized, or any other peace officer having custody of it,

    • (a) an authorization or a licence under which the person is lawfully entitled to possess it, and

    • (b) in the case of a firearm, a registration certificate for the firearm,

    the thing shall forthwith be returned to that person.

  • Marginal note:Forfeiture of seized thing

    (3) Where any thing seized pursuant to subsection (1) is not claimed and returned as and when provided by subsection (2), a peace officer shall forthwith take the thing before a provincial court judge, who may, after affording the person from whom it was seized or its owner, if known, an opportunity to establish that the person is lawfully entitled to possess it, declare it to be forfeited to Her Majesty, to be disposed of or otherwise dealt with as the Attorney General directs.

  • 1995, c. 39, s. 139.