What Is A Weapons Offence?

There are many different weapons offences contained within the Criminal Code. In Canada, it is illegal to carry a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Simply possessing a weapon in certain circumstances can be a criminal offence as well, such as carrying a concealed weapon in a public place.

The definition of weapon is extremely broad and can include any object that is used to cause injury to a person. A weapon is any object that is used to either threaten or intimidate another individual. Many weapons are designated as restricted or prohibited by law. Being in unauthorized possession of a restricted or a prohibited weapon can significantly increase the possible penalties associated with an offence.


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