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Firearms Legal definitions: firearm

Firearms Legal definitions: firearm

Firearms Legal definitions: firearm

A barrelled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person, and includes any frame or receiver of such a barrelled weapon and anything that can be adapted for use as a firearm.

C.T. https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/section-84.html

What is a firearm?

Section 2 of the Criminal Code defines a “firearm” as a barrelled weapon that discharges projectiles capable of causing bodily harm or death, or anything that can be adapted as a firearm.

What is not a firearm?

For the purposes of the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code, the following devices are generally not considered firearms (unless they’re used in a criminal or negligent manner):

  • antique firearms
  • devices designed exclusively for:
    • signalling
    • notifying of distress
    • firing blank cartridges
    • firing stud cartridges
    • explosive-driven rivets
    • other industrial projectiles
  • shooting devices designed exclusively for:
    • slaughtering domestic animals
    • tranquilizing animals
    • discharging projectiles with lines attached to them
  • air guns and other barreled weapons designed to have:
    • a muzzle velocity of 152.4 meters per second or less
    • a muzzle energy of 5.7 joules or less

C.T. https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms/classes-firearms

 

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