Mr. LEWIS moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 86) respecting the carrying of offensive weapons. He said: This is a combination of a number of Bills that have been introduced in this House and in the English House. Those introduced in the English House have been law for some years. The Bill is entitled ' An Act to amend the Criminal Code respecting offensive weapons and capital offences.' It reads as follows:
It shall he the duty of every peace officer to search any person whom he has reason to believe is possessed of the weapon commonly known as a dirk or bowie knife, or any weapon resembling it, or which is not of a character or kind calculated to he used solely for an inoffensive purpose, or any weapon known as a pistol or revolver; and if any such weapon is found in possession of such person, the peace officer shall forthwith take him before the nearest justice of the peace or magistrate, who shall proceed to investigate the facts'and, if the accused is by such justice or magistrate believed not to be a native of Canada, he shall make a report to the Minister of the Interior in the matter, together with the evidence; and, if the said minister is satisfied that such person was an immigrant to Canada within four years previously, and had in his possession any such weapon, or if such immigrant is found within four years of his arrival in Canada in possession of any such weapon, the said minister may order the deportation of such immigrant, and section 33 of the Immigration Act shall apply to the case. _
Every vagrant, or loose, idle or disorderly person, may be searched for offensive or dangerous weapons.
Section 119 of the Criminal Code is amended by adding thereto the following subsection:-
No revolver or pistol shall be sold to any person unless he produces to and leaves with the vendor a permit, in writing, from the chief of police or a police magistrate or justice of the peace allowing him to purchase a revolver or pistol.
Section 120 of the said Code is amended by inserting after the word ' air-gun,' in the third line thereof, the words ' or any sheath knife, bowie knife, dagger, metal knuckles, skull cracker, revolver, razor or other offensive weapon.
Section 121 of the said Code is amended by idding at the end thereof the following words: -' or if convicted on indictment, to a like fine >r to imprisonment for any term not less than me year or more than five years, with or vithout hard labour.'
Section 123 of the said Code is amended by nserting the words ' revolver or pistol ' after *bo. word ' shot ' in the second line thereof.
This follows the English Act with reference to pistols:-
Any person who shall knowingly sell a pistol to any person who is intoxicated or not of sound mind, who, there is any reason to be-