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Self defence rules in Canada

Discussion in 'Legal' started by hermannr, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. hermannr

    hermannr Well-Known Member

    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..
  2. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    it's a long way between self defense and vigilantism.
  3. The Real Wyatt

    The Real Wyatt Well-Known Member

    Seriously, I thought it was illegal do defend yourself in Camada. Much the same as the United Kingdom.
  4. rodregier

    rodregier Well-Known Member

    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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