Self defence rules in Canada


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hermannr
February 18, 2011, 06:55 PM
I was up in Penticton today and the local newspaper had a little snip about Prime Minister Harper unveiling new self defence / citizens arrest rules for Canada.

"...it isn't fair for people to face prosecution for protecting themselves, or for making a citizens arrest. Lawmakers may have wanted to "discourage vigilantism", Harper said, but current laws have created confusion and unfairness."

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association worried that the legislation could encourage vigilantism. (BS

BTW: Harper is also the one that is trying to end longgun registration in canada..

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General Geoff
February 18, 2011, 07:11 PM
it's a long way between self defense and vigilantism.

The Real Wyatt
February 20, 2011, 06:15 PM
Seriously, I thought it was illegal do defend yourself in Camada. Much the same as the United Kingdom.

rodregier
February 21, 2011, 11:50 AM
Armed defense in Canada is extant (permitted) in statute and case law, including use of firearms.

In most Canadian jurisdictions self defense using anything more than open hands
will likely get you arrested and charged. You'll have to pay to be exonerated by the legal system.

Proactively equipping yourself for self-defense in the Canadian streets is not permitted, which is an interesting paradox. The phrase "exigent circumstances" regarding equipment comes to mind...

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