Jail for Sawed-Off Shotgun
Comox Valley Echo
June 19, 2009
A Comox Valley man has been sent to jail for one year after being convicted of possessing a sawed-off shotgun without a licence.
Daniel Graham Byron, 22, was also found guilty of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and improper storage of the shotgun.
“The reason the gun was possessed by Mr. Byron was obvious,” said Judge Peter Doherty. “He was heavily involved, I would suggest, in the drug trade in this community.”
Byron was given six months jail, to be served concurrently, for trafficking drugs. Another six-month sentence for improper storage will also be served concurrently.
The one-year sentence for possessing the shotgun is the minimum sentence allowed by legislation.
“If you continue living this way, the next sentence is going to be federal penitentiary time,” said Doherty. “You’ve got to know that.”
Byron was also prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years, all items seized by police were forfeit and he was ordered to submit a sample of his DNA.
So what’s wrong with this article. Lets start off with the sentence above the first bold line. It states that he was given two six month sentences to be served concurrently. Concurrently means at the same time. So he was really only given a six month sentence. If you read the next line down (the first bold line) you’ll see that there is a minimum sentence of one year for illegally possessing the shotgun. How is six months in jail equal to one year?
The second bold line indicates that he was prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. Sounds reasonable, right…? That is until you hear about the 65 year old, otherwise law-abiding, firearm collector who has been prohibited for life for improper firearm storage.
The police searched this lifelong hunter’s house (any firearm owner with 10 or more firearms is subject to random, usually unannounced, inspections) and discovered one firearm, out of 103, that had been improperly stored. This led to the confiscation of the entire collection and a lifetime ban on owning firearms.
So why are the drug traffickers getting slapped on the wrist while 65 year old hunters are getting the book thrown at them?
Don’t ask me, ask your MP.