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Canadians using Air Guns - Supreme Court ruling.. #4741405
11/13/14 01:18 PM
11/13/14 01:18 PM
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Manitoba, Canada
Gotrek Offline OP
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SUPREME COURT OF CANADA RULES THAT AIR GUNS ARE "FIREARMS"

On Wednesday, November 5, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its ruling R. v. Dunn, finding that most air guns are considered “firearms” for all purposes in the Criminal Code except for licensing and registration.

The Court affirmed the previous decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, which itself had overruled a decade of its own jurisprudence in finding that air guns are “firearms”. Prior to this case, the courts had held that air guns are not treated as “firearms” unless they are used for some offensive or unlawful purpose.


This decision applies to all air guns that are capable of causing serious bodily injury or death. Most courts have found that any air gun with a velocity of more than 214 feet-per-second meets this threshold. The vast majority of air guns sold across the country are capable of such a velocity.

This decision will have numerous significant impacts on those who buy and use air guns lawfully in Canada.

First of all, the Criminal Code provisions regarding careless storage, use and transportation of firearms now apply to air guns. Therefore, it is an offence to store or transport an air gun in a “careless” manner. However, because the ordinary firearms Storage Regulations do not apply to air guns, air gun owners are left with absolutely no guidance as to what precisely constitutes careless storage of an air gun.

It will be left up to police, prosecutors and courts to determine what charges will be laid, which will be prosecuted and ultimately who will be found guilty of this nebulous and ambiguous offence.

Moreover, as air gun owners do not require a license or a firearms safety course to possess these items, law-abiding Canadians will not be put on notice of the new legal requirements for air gun use, storage, transportation, etc.

Secondly, the offence of “carrying a concealed weapon” now applies to air guns, regardless of whether or not the air gun owner acts in an otherwise lawful manner. Placing an air gun in a backpack, a pocket or other concealed place will now be a criminal offence.

As the Supreme Court has ruled on this issue, the only route forward is through legislative amendment. Canada’s National Firearms Association has been extremely active on this front and will continue to pressure the government and provide all assistance in order to see that this decision be responded to by Parliament.


https://nfa.ca/news/supreme-court-canada-rules-air-guns-are-firearms

A whole bunch of criminals overnight again.


Prior to the decision, a pellet gun wasn’t considered a weapon unless it was treated as one by the person possessing it. And it wasn't considered a firearm unless it's projectiles exceeded 500fps.

Last edited by Gotrek; 11/13/14 01:32 PM.
Re: Canadians using Air Guns - Supreme Court ruling.. [Re: Gotrek] #4996781
04/05/15 08:21 PM
04/05/15 08:21 PM
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I don't "fire" my pellet rifle as it has no powder to be fired. Even at 500+fps one could hardly threaten anyone with such a light duty projectile thrower. Last I heard, the only good the storage and registration laws did was to provide criminals with an address list of homes that had guns and a probable location to look during a fast break in. All so don't care to own/use a gun do gooder can use your money to zap away your freedom and natural right to self defense. Canada's wild and beautiful, but ruined by shallow storefront supposed morality.


All animals increase at a geometrical ratio, and must be checked by destruction at some period of life. Charles Darwin; 'The Origin of Species' pg79
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