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Carrying Concealed Weapon Laws in Canada

Part III of the Criminal Code / Firearms and Weapons 

Illegal Concealment of Weapons

If you have been charged with a crime in Ottawa, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer in your area

Insights from Ottawa Lawyer, Céline Dostaler

Strategies To Defend Carrying a Concealed Weapon

Several factors may serve as defences against the charges of concealing a weapon.

  • Having a weapon in one's home, such as a firearm or knife, is not automatically considered dangerous to the public. The court must carefully examine the circumstances before reaching a conclusion.
  • If the accused was too intoxicated to have the 'intention' of committing a crime or disrupting the peace, they might not be found guilty. The Crown must prove that the accused intended to use the weapon for illegal activities.
  • The possession of a weapon for self-defence is a complex issue. The outcome depends on the specific circumstances of the case. Some courts may penalize the accused for possessing the concealed weapon, while others may not.
  • Storing a firearm in accordance with the Firearms Act is not considered concealing.
  • The Canadian Charter of Rights protects individuals from unreasonable searches, so if the police did not have a valid reason to conduct a search, a Charter application could be made to exclude the evidence.

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Carrying Concealed Weapon in Ottawa, Ontario - Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Legal Terms

Concealed weapon

A concealed weapon is any object that can be used to cause harm to others that is hidden from view.

Crown prosecutor

Lawyers who act for the federal, provincial and territorial governments and prosecute people accused of crimes on behalf of the Crown.

Hybrid offence

Hybrid offences fall between a summary and an indictable offence. The Crown prosecutor chooses whether to treat the offence as a summary or indictable offence.

Indictable offence

Indictable offences are the most serious offences under the Criminal Code and they come with more serious punishments, up to a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Summary conviction

Summary convictions are used for lesser offences with penalties, fines and short jail time. They reflect the majority of offences as defined in the Code.

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Code Citations: s.89 , Section 117.07