Client charged with possession of a firearm located during a police search of his residence. The Crown stayed the charges prior to trial due to a Charter Notice outlining obvious and insurmountable breaches of his section 8 Charter rights protecting against unreasonable search and seizure.
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THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
David Chow strongly believes in the right to keep and bear arms as a means for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves against the tyranny of government.
Though most law abiding gun owners have traditionally held a profound respect for firearms, today’s political, legal, social and cultural climate is one of fear of guns. Oftentimes, this fear is misplaced. Arguably, the public consciousness has been unreasonably tainted by firearms fear culture.
Parliament has placed confusing and expansive restrictions on firearms ownership.
Though you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, if you have been charged with a gun crime, the police have likely entered your dwelling house, searched your home and taken your property. Worse, when charged, there is an increased likelihood you will be denied reasonable bail. Defending the case will be difficult; for the Crown will likely prosecute you with the greatest force of law, including pursuing charges by indictment when they have a choice to proceed summarily. As part of its “tough on crime” politics, the Harper government has legislated minimum punishments for certain firearms offences. By way of example, if you accidentally store a firearm with ammunition, you could be liable to a minimum 3 years in jail, even if you have never been previously convicted of a criminal offence. Even if you are innocent, the Crown may nevertheless seek forfeiture of your firearms, which could result in substantial economic and property loss.
If you have been charged with a gun offence, you need a lawyer who understands the technical nuances of Canada’s firearms laws. You need a lawyer who not only understands the law, but the pragmatics of gun possession and ownership.