https://canadafreepress.com/article/self-defence-and-firearms-in-canada

SELF-DEFENCE AND FIREARMS IN CANADA
We are not yet become a nation of cowards and the law does not require our submission to criminals. That is a decision which ought to be made by each individual in the circumstances at hand, being trusted and empowered by his government to act appropriately. By Rick Hemmingson, Lacombe, Alberta – Canada Free Press – January 8, 2020
EXCERPT: Recent news stories about the use of a firearm to stop the commission of various crimes and subsequent statements from the RCMP have (again) raised the issue of armed self-defence under Canadian law. Does that right still exist? If so, how and when can it be exercised?

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Roger
Roger
2 years ago

The favorite comment I am hearing is “Bury them deep – Tell no one.”

Morgan Lewis
Morgan Lewis
2 years ago

I’m going to preface my comment with the following statement: on a Tuesday afternoon in 2011 I was violently assaulted on my property by a neighbour who had psychiatric issues. Even though I live in a well-funded, medium-sized Canadian city, it took the police 6.5 hours(!) to respond. I wasn’t armed then and I am only alive now because I am lucky. Let’s just say the next assailant will be facing more than just my luck. Whenever this conversation occurs – and usually around the Gerard Stanley or Chris Brown shootings – someone always says “this is Canada, not Texas,… Read more »

Brian Sumner
Brian Sumner
2 years ago
Reply to  Morgan Lewis

It is good for anybody to be ready to repel a criminal with deadly force. Just make sure of a few things. He or she appears to be approaching to harm you. They have some kind of weapon. You can always tell police “he was reaching into his pocket while yelling he was going to kill my wife”. You said stop or I’ll shoot. You fired a warning shot into the air or the ceiling. Finally you had to shoot him as it was clear your life or a loved one’s life was on the line. Always remember to keep… Read more »

Waltg
Waltg
2 years ago
Reply to  Brian Sumner

Just to clarify, you do NOT fire a ‘warning shot’. You are legally responsible for every bullet that you fire, where it goes, what damage it does. IF you fire a warning shot, the least you will probably be charged with is ‘negligent discharge of a firearm’. IF you need to fire in defense of your or your family’s life, you fire to stop the assault against you. You do NOT ‘shoot to kill’, you do NOT shoot to wound, as in ‘shoot their legs’, you fire simply to stop the assault or attack. Whether or not the assailant dies… Read more »

Ken
Ken
2 years ago

Well I suppose I am a bit greedy. Living 20 mikes from the nearest police station I would prefer to have a phone in one hand and a 9MM in the other. By the time the police arrived it would be time to call an ambulance/hearse and it would not be for me or my loved ones. Stealing property is one thing, car, snow machine, 4 wheeler, all just stuff… it sucks but just stuff. But enter my house and the game just changed! If anything there should be courses for family’s who are interested in learning how to survive… Read more »

Roland Côté
Roland Côté
2 years ago
Reply to  Ken

Yes all the way

Norm
Norm
2 years ago

You absolutely have the right to defend yourself and to use lethal force if necessary. However you need to know the circumstances and situations where this is legal so that your actions will not be incriminating for you in a court of law. Read the book by Albertan, Barry Holland, A guide to defending yourself and your property in Canada. It’s title is “No More Mr. Nice-Guy” nomoremrniceguy.com Everyone who cares about their safety and security needs to read this. Our police are not required to provide us with protection. It’s really up to us, but also up to us… Read more »

Brian Sumner
Brian Sumner
2 years ago
Reply to  Norm

Agreed it is a good book. See my comment above. You are completely within your rights to defend yourself and family with deadly force. But let’s be reasonable too. Follow the rules of engagement and if it looks like you are very soon going to be dead – you better get your finger on the trigger and fast.

John
John
2 years ago

I was taught at the Ontario Police College that ALL person have the right to repel ANY FORCE by “reasonable means”. Police officers are ONLY allowed to use reasonable force. Defending yourself or another in your company from grievous bodily harm or death, is allowed, by Canadian law. You cannot repel an attack from a gun, with a broom handle or your fists. A weapon as good as, or one better than the criminals, is needed to do that. Sadly if a person, acting lawfully and reasonably, applies deadly force, THEY WILL BE MOST LIKELY BE CHARGED. If it does… Read more »

Brian Sumner
Brian Sumner
2 years ago
Reply to  John

Yes long ago in Calgary (1970s I think) a pharmacist kept getting knocked over by druggies. Stocked a 12 Ga. Next time lets one of em have it in the back exiting his front door. Perp dies. Police charge murder. Jury trial. They refuse to convict. Pharmacist walks free. To this day I hope he was not troubled by bad dreams. Canuckistan needs more proactive citizens like Mr. Pharmacist.

Rick
Rick
2 years ago

Defend our lives and of those we love?!!? No way, if we want to win approval by communist government we must accept to be victims of crimes. Yes we may defend ourselves with rocks, piece of wood or whatever we find handy, but defending our family and our own lives is frowned upon if done by a firearm. A good citizen is one that does not defend himself against criminals and becomes a statistic, which government uses to further their antigun agenda. Dying as a victim helps liberals further their anti-gun rhetoric. Kill a bad guy and you find yourself… Read more »

Brian Sumner
Brian Sumner
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

Easy easy. You can defend yourself in Canuckistan. Yes you can. We’re not as free as Texas which I would prefer but it’s better than being in Britain or Iran.

1AB
1AB
2 years ago

Great informative article, Thank you.

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