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Old 04-17-2018, 05:15 AM
pistolero1860 pistolero1860 is offline
 
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So, although this incident (for which he was acquitted) happened with a restricted firearm (a handgun), the crown awarded him with a fine and a 10 year firearms prohibition for unsafe storage of an UNRESTRICTED firearm (a hunting rifle, .22 rifle, or a shotgun most likely).

This not only seems punitive. It is punitive. Having failed to bulldoze a jury into convicting him for something that the evidence could not prove was an intentional shooting, they simply punish him excessively for something else.

I wonder how many firearms owners in Canada could also be charged with unsafe storage of an unrestricted firearm, because they have not complied with the exact letter of the law. Especially when you consider that what safe storage of a firearm is has never been properly defined.

Thousands? Tens of thousands? A hundred thousand? All gun owners?