Alone in a private home, Leroy Smickle was holding a loaded handgun that apparently didn’t belong to him, and trying to take a photo of himself on a laptop. Now he is facing a three year jail sentence. Under Canada Law he gets three years MINIMUM for just holding a gun. The Attorney General of Canada. “Whether firearms are used as tools of intimidation or status, they present ‘the ultimate threat of death to those in [their] presence.’ When loaded, ‘death and serious injury are literally at hand, only an impulse and trigger-pull away,’” argues the factum from Ontario’s attorney general. “The illicit nature and deadly risk inherent in a charge of possession of a loaded prohibited firearm justifies the three-year mandatory minimum sentence in all but the most minor and exceptional of cases.” What's wrong with that?
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