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CBC News: You hear a noise and go downstairs in the middle of the night and find a burglar, and you can't tell if he's armed. Legally, what are your options?

Under Section 40 of the Criminal Code, which deals with the defence of dwellings, Nichols says, "everyone who is in possession of a dwelling house is justified in using as much force as necessary, to prevent any person from forcibly breaking into or entering the dwelling house without lawful authority."

"You could use a significant amount of force. If you knocked them out and rendered them unconscious, you will probably not be charged with assault," Cohen adds. "But if he was retreating and you hit him in the head with a bat and he was [critically injured], you might have a problem."

CBC News: Someone has just stolen something that belongs to you and is running down the street. Can you chase and tackle them to get your stuff back?

"You're allowed to try and get your belongings back," Nichols says, but under Section 38 of the criminal code, "you can't strike or cause bodily harm to the person that's stealing your stuff."


In Canada it's illegal to carry a weapon for the purpose of self-defence. And according to the Criminal Code, a weapon can be anything designed, used or intended to cause death or injury or even just to threaten or intimidate another person. Since that's pretty much anything, the legality of what's allowed in your pockets hinges on intent. If you're carrying a blade to open a can of apple juice at a picnic, then you're fine. If you're carrying a blade to open a can of whoop-ass on a potential assailant, then you're in trouble. Same deal for pepper spray, which you can carry to protect yourself from rabid canines but not from overzealous exes. Likewise for tasers, stun guns, batons and probably ballpoint pens.
"You have the right to defend yourself but you can't be carrying pepper spray or knives or guns for that purpose," says Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Pierre Bourdages. "If your intent to carry these weapons is to either defend yourself or to harm someone, you could be charged with carrying a concealed weapon."

Нелегально!! Себя защищать нелегально!!! Ниже на форуме кто-то советует превращать собственное тело в оружие, заниматься боевыми искусствами. А вот мне интересно: ладно, поборешься ты на кулачках с злоумышленником, это если не впадешь в ступор, и даже подобьешь ему глаз, задержишь до приезда полиции, а не подаст на тебя в суд ушлый адвокат преступника, даже если вина последнего будет доказана и тот отправится в тюрьму? А при изнасиловании тоже не сопротивляться? Недайбох нанесешь нападавшему травму. А что же делать тогда? Пытаться набрать 911? Или убегать? А если их группа, вон как в Швеции.?
Да какая, собственно разница, по мне так лучше facing charges, чем being raped.

Партия, выступившая за легализацию в Канаде средств самозащиты однозначно может расчитывать на мой голос.

Date: 2017-03-08 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fuguebach.livejournal.com
Не... Канада никогда Штатами не станет. Вот Швецией - реально

Date: 2017-03-08 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edya522.livejournal.com
О том и печалюсь


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