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Bill C-5 Would Eliminate Minimum Penalties for Several Tobacco and Firearm Offences in Canada

Bill C-5 would eliminate minimum penalties for several firearm offences, including robbery with a firearm, weapons trafficking and possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition.

The Federal Liberals have tabled legislation to eliminate minimum jail time for 14 of the 67 tobacco, firearms and drug offences in the Criminal Code of Canada. 

Justice Minister David Lametti says the current approach of minimum sentences imprisons far too many Indigenous, Black and marginalized Canadians. 

The firearm offences included in this bill include possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition, reckless discharge of a firearm, extortion, robbery with a firearm, weapons trafficking and discharging a firearm while committing an offence. 

Bill C-5 would also eliminate minimum penalties for selling illegal tobacco. 

Lametti argues that mandatory minimum penalties leads to over-incarceration and disproportionately impacts marginalized Canadians. 

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