Firearms Owners Association
SUPREME COURT OF CANADA
THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA HAS TODAY RENDERED JUDGMENT IN THE FOLLOWING APPLICATIONS FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL.
DISMISSED WITH COSTS / REJETÉES AVEC DÉPENS
Edward Burke Hudson v. Attorney General of Canada (Sask.) (Criminal) (By Leave) (33406)
Coram: McLachlin / Abella / Rothstein
Our full attention now turns to Toronto with Bruce & Donna Montague at the Ontario Court of Appeal on 18 February 2010.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
SCC Case Information
Edward Burke Hudson v. Attorney General of Canada
Charter of Rights - Criminal law - Fundamental justice - Whether s. 117.03 of the Criminal Code which requires guns to be licensed violates ss. 7 and 26 of the Charter? - Whether the Court of Appeal erred in upholding the validity of s. 117.03 of the Criminal Code by failing to recognize the vital, important constitutional status of the English Declaration of Rights, 1689 - Whether the Court of Appeal erred by failing to recognize that armed self-defence is an inalienable natural right or a fundamental norm that Parliament cannot unreasonably limit - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ss. 7, 26.
The Applicant was secretary for the Canadian Unregistered Firearms Association and involved in a campaign of “peaceful, nonviolent civil noncompliance to the Firearms Act”. As part of his campaign, he and an associate organized a hunting trip and firearm demonstration. He advised the RCMP of the proposed event and informed them that he would discharge an unlicenced firearm. An officer attended the event and seized the Applicant’s unlicensed shotgun pursuant to s. 117.03 of the Criminal Code. The Applicant was not charged with an offence under the Firearms Act or the Criminal Code.