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21. Did a judge really say our laws are badly written?




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This article is from the can.talk.guns FAQ, by Skeeter Abell-Smith ab133@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca with numerous contributions by others.

21. Did a judge really say our laws are badly written?

Yes. Justice Gibb, Supreme Court Of B.C.; Hurley V. Dawson and
Newson, 1985:

Not the least of the difficulties is due to the tortuous language of the
gun control provisions of the criminal code. In Regina V. Neil,
(Provincial Court Judge) Gordon was moved with some justification, to
refer to those provisions as one of the most horrifying examples of bad
draftsmanship I have had the misfortune to consider, as "so convoluted
that even those responsible for enforcing the provisions are apparently
unable to understand them."

 

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