Top court rules gun owners face penalties for ignorance of law

A loaded handgun found after a single-vehicle collision in Peterborough in 2011. (PETERBOROUGH...

A loaded handgun found after a single-vehicle collision in Peterborough in 2011. (PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER/QMI Agency)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:39 PM ET

OTTAWA - Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to understanding details of legal gun transportation within Canada, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.

"The Supreme Court has now said: You mess up, you fail to understand what your authorization is about — that's a mistake of law, it's no defence, three-year mandatory minimum sentence," lawyer Solomon Friedman said Friday.

The decision involves the case of Erin Lee MacDonald, who made his living in Calgary's oilpatch, but ran into trouble while at his Halifax condo in 2009 as police were responding to a noise complaint at there.


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