Canadian Criminal Sentencing/Offences/Weapons Offences

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General Principles[edit]

Offences involving handguns is a “serious and growing societal danger”.[1] There is a strong emphasis on the need to denounce and deter the use of firearms in public places.[2] There has been judicial notice that as of 2007 there has been a national increase in gun violence and gun-related offences.[3]

  1. R v Clayton 2005 CaLII 16569 (ONCA) at 41
  2. R v Danvers [2005] OJ 3532 ONCA at 77
    R. v. Bellamy,2008 CanLII 26259 (ON SC), [2008] 175 C.R.R. (2d) 241, at para. 76
    R. v. Brown, [2006] O.J. No. 4681 (Ont. S.C.J.) at para. 9
  3. R v. Clayton 2007 SCC 32 at 110