What are Lost, Damaged, or Destroyed Weapons Offences in Newmarket?
Keeping track of guns and weapons is very important in Canada, including Newmarket. This is how the police track down suspects and charge persons with firearms offences. Section 105(1) makes it so that if a person loses or has a firearm, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, a prohibited device, any prohibited ammunition, an authorization, a license or a registration certificate stolen from them, they must report the missing item to a police officer within a reasonable amount of time.
If a person finds a firearm, a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device, or any prohibited ammunition in Newmarket, that the person believes is lost or abandoned, they must report and deliver the weapon to a government agent. If a person does not report the missing weapon or deliver it to the police, they may be charged under section 105 of the Code. Section 106(1) indicates that the destruction of any prohibited firearm, restricted firearm, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device or prohibited ammunition must be reported to the police. Section 107(1) makes it an offence to falsely report the loss of a weapon, and section 108(1) enumerates the offence of defacing the serial number on a firearm.
What is the Firearms Act?
The Firearms Act governs the lawful possession of firearms. It is a statute that regulates gun possession which complements the Criminal Code and is used in conjunction with it. The Firearms Act gives authority to the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) to oversee firearm license and registration, maintain national firearm safety training standards, and assist law enforcement to enhance public safety.
The Firearms Act also governs the sale, barter, exchange, importation, and exportation of firearms, prohibited weapons, restricted weapons, prohibited devices, prohibited ammunition and components and parts of assembly of a prohibited weapon. There are some offences that a person can be charged with under the Firearms Act, but most criminal weapons offences are charged pursuant the Canadian Criminal Code.