• Ghost Guns

    On behalf of DER BARRISTERS on Friday, Sep 25, 2020.

    “Ghost guns” are subject to current Canadian criminal weapons laws. A “ghost gun” is a computer machined firearm. Firearm parts can also be computer created. Guns and parts are printed using a 3D printer. They are not serial numbered and thus not tracked with the RCMP.

    In Canada, there are three classes of firearms: non-restricted, restricted and prohibited. Different regulations apply to different classifications. To own a restricted gun or pistol, an individual first needs to obtain a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). As all firearms are subject to the Firearm Act and associated regulations, it is illegal to manufacture or possess 3D printed firearm without the appropriate licence and applicable registration certificate.

    Anyone who violates these weapons related laws could face up to 10 years in prison. Currently, there is no legislation prohibiting Canadians, licenced or not, from possessing online downloads of 3D printable files. Charges have been laid in Toronto, Regina, Winnipeg and recently in Picture Butte, Alberta.


    Balfour Der has 40 years of criminal law experience and co-author of “The Law of Firearms And Weapons, published by Carswell.


  • Indictable versus summary offences: What you need to know

    On behalf of DER BARRISTERS on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

    The average person only interacts with the law only a few times in his or her life. Buying a house, getting married/divorced and planning your estate are the most common occurrences. When it comes to matters of a criminal nature, it’s not surprising that many people are unsure, scared or embarrassed by what comes next.

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  • Driver charged in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

    By Balfour Der of DER BARRISTERS posted in criminal law on Friday, July 13, 2018.

    The driver, whose truck was involved in the collision with the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, has been charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death for every person who died and one count of dangerous driving causing injury for every person who survived but was injured.

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  • DER Barristers caught RCMP fatal error

    On behalf of DER BARRISTERS on Friday, October 13, 2017.

    The RCMP seized property pursuant to a search warrant. That entitled them to hold the property for 90 days, after the 90 days it is returnable.

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  • Balfour Der – manslaughter not murder for Allan Shyback

    On behalf of DER BARRISTERS on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

    A Calgary man who strangled his wife and disposed of her body after enduring what he described as years of domestic abuse has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

    Allan Shyback will get credit for time already served so he faces just under three more years behind bars.

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