Re: Manitoba trucker speaks about role in aftermath of grisly Greyhound killingSep 5th, 2008
So what gives them the right to decide to give your brother a $160 dollar fine for speeding but not put your dad in jail for the mandatory 5 years owning a prohibited weapon legally requires?
Secondly, this was prior to 1995 when additional rules applied to firearms.
A little tid bit of the laws history:
www.guncontrol.ca/English/Home/Law/maw.pdf (external - login to view) Pg.2 of 4
"Canadian Legislative History
^ Considderin he had these WWII firearms in his collection for years and this situation occured prior to 1995, and that they didn't work.... he was covered and technically they would have had a difficult time trying to make charges stick.
"..... Prohibited weapons (with “grandfather” clause) came into force July 27, 1992 (Registration deadline October 1, 1992): Three assault pistols and one carbine became prohibited. Existing owners were allowed to retain firearms they owned on the date of the coming into force. These were to be registered as “restricted weapons”. Once existing owners die or dispose of the weapons, they revert to prohibited weapons status and must be deactivated or disposed of."
He didn't die, and the weapons were deactivated, so I don't see where you stand on telling me he should have been locked up for 5 years.
Now that I remember, an additional reason why he got rid of them was due to the cost of the gun registry which was coming into effect shortly afterwards.... he didn't believe in the concept, didn't want to pay for it, so he got rid of them.
"...... Prohibited weapons (without “grandfather” clause) effective October 1, 1992: A list of “assault pistols”, “combat shotguns” .50 calibre sniper rifles and other military-type firearms were classified as prohibited weapons. There was no retention allowed of these weapons after October 1, 1992; they had to be disposed of, surrounded or deactivated by that date."
^ The Sten MKII as seen below:
and the Bren Gun as seen below:
Did not fall under this category. That and it was prior to 1992.
Perhaps this clarifies to you why he didn't get thrown into jail. He was a well know collector of WWII equipment, medals, uniforms and weapons, the weapons were disabled and not able to be used..... there was no position of being charged.
The RCMP's reactions were a first reaction, believing they were fully functioning and suggested to him to get rid of them. The laws coming in in the following years also had a factor of him getting rid of them.