“This is our jurisdiction”: Alberta takes over prosecution after Federal gun ban
by The Canadian Parvasi
The provincial Alberta government is taking over prosecutions on gun charges after the Federal gun ban legislature was criticized for affecting hunters by criminalizing guns used by them.
Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro on Thursday stated that the responsibility for the prosecutions of federal firearm charges will be taken over by the provincial government’s Crown prosecution service. The prosecution, according to Shandro, was previously undertaken by the federal government’s lawyers.
The provincial government also issued an advisory document for Alberta prosecutors to ascertain if firearms charges should be pursued or not. The protocol states that charges should not be pursued on someone who obtained their firearm legally before said arms were banned w.e.f May 1, 2020.