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Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

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Act current to 2021-06-28 and last amended on 2021-05-06. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Careless use of firearm, etc.

  •  (1) Every person commits an offence who, without lawful excuse, uses, carries, handles, ships, transports or stores a firearm, a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device or any ammunition or prohibited ammunition in a careless manner or without reasonable precautions for the safety of other persons.

  • Marginal note:Contravention of storage regulations, etc.

    (2) Every person commits an offence who contravenes a regulation made under paragraph 117(h) of the Firearms Act respecting the storage, handling, transportation, shipping, display, advertising and mail-order sales of firearms and restricted weapons.

  • Marginal note:Punishment

    (3) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1) or (2)

    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment

      • (i) in the case of a first offence, for a term not exceeding two years, and

      • (ii) in the case of a second or subsequent offence, for a term not exceeding five years; or

    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 86
  • 1991, c. 40, s. 3
  • 1995, c. 39, s. 139
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