Possession of a weapon may constitute a criminal offence in two different situations: because of the use made of the weapon or also because of the nature of the weapon. This means that certain devices that are not inherently criminal can become so under certain circumstances, whereas other devices are prohibited weapons at any time, no matter what use is made of them (Sections 91 and 92 Criminal Code of
A client of Mr.Xavier Cormier was charge with possession of brass knuckles. Brass knuckles are a prohibited weapon, possession of which is forbidden under Section 91 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Mr. Cormier’s client lived in another province. He had been summoned to appear in Court in Montreal at a date that was soon, and it would have been very difficult for him to appear at the scheduled date.