Canadian Criminal Sentencing/Offences/Pointing a Firearm

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Pointing a Firearm
s. 87 of the Crim. Code
Election / Plea
Crown ElectionHybrid
JurisdictionProv. Court
SC Judge + PI (I)
SC Jury + PI (I) (536(2))
Summary Dispositions
Avail. Disp.Discharge (730)

Suspended Sentence (731(1)(a))
Fine (734)
Fine + Probation (731(1)(b))
Jail (718.3, 787)
Jail + Probation (731(1)(b))
Jail + Fine (734)

Conditional Sentence (742.1)
Maximum6 months jail or $5,000 fine
Indictable Dispositions
Avail. Disp.same as summary
Maximum5 years
Offence Elements
Sentence Principles
Sentence Digests

Legislation[edit | edit source]

Pointing a firearm
(2) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1)

(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or
(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 87; 1995, c. 39, s. 139.


Application[edit | edit source]

Principles[edit | edit source]

Where a handgun is used in a public place, there is a significant emphasis on denunciation and deterrence.[1]

  1. R. v. Danvers 2005 CanLII 30044 (ON CA), (2005), 199 C.C.C. (3d) 490, at para. 77 - "the use of handguns in public places cries out for lengthy increased periods of parole ineligibility"

Factors[edit | edit source]

  • Youthful offender
  • guilty plea (early or late plea, amount of court resources saved)
  • no prior record or no related record

Ancillary Sentencing Orders[edit | edit source]

Recommended Probationary Terms[edit | edit source]

Ranges[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]