Government of Canada moves to restore mandatory minimum penalties for illegal possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearms

  • June 18, 2015

Proposed legislation would help ensure safety of Canadians and of their families

June 10, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay today announced the introduction of legislation to restore mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs), in defined circumstances, for the illegal possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm. The Bill, titled the Penalties for the Criminal Possession of Firearms Act, is the Government's response to the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling in R. v. Nur. The Bill would make clear that people who possess loaded or easily loaded guns on Canadian streets or around schools are engaging in serious criminal behavior and must face the full force of the law, through clear and defined penalties of imprisonment, while protecting law-abiding gun owners.

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