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Criminal Code

Version of section 96 from 2022-11-17 to 2023-12-14:

Marginal note:Possession of weapon obtained by commission of offence

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (3), every person commits an offence who possesses a firearm, a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device or any prohibited ammunition that the person knows was obtained by the commission in Canada of an offence or by an act or omission anywhere that, if it had occurred in Canada, would have constituted an offence.

  • Marginal note:Punishment

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

    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years; or

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

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (3) Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who comes into possession of anything referred to in that subsection by the operation of law and who lawfully disposes of it within a reasonable period after acquiring possession of it.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 96
  • 1995, c. 39, s. 139
  • 2019, c. 25, s. 26
  • 2022, c. 15, s. 5

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