Canadian Knife Rights Law Suit

A November 2017 decision by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) in favour of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is resulting in the seizure of most pocket knives being imported into Canada. 

This ruling by CITT is inconsistent with section 84(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada, which defines which knives are prohibited and which are not.

Because of the inconsistency between the decision of CITT and section 84(1) CCC, those who rely on these tools for work; daily utility; first responders; outdoorsmen; and those who are in in the business of knife manufacture and sales do not know if the knives they possess, make or sell will put them in jeopardy of arrest, possible imprisonment, large fines, or the seizure of their knives.

Furthermore, section 84(1) of the Criminal Code’s vagueness has resulted in mistaken knife seizures and the arrest of law abiding citizens ever since it was enacted in 1985.

To ensure freedom of choice; the right to possess and use knives fit for the purpose for which they are intended; the vagueness and conflict in the laws must be addressed and rectified. In order to resolve this conundrum of the laws in Canada, a legal action in the Superior Court of Justice is required.

We must protect Canadian citizens from arrest and imprisonment and to permit trade and the ability to sell and purchase knives which once legal, now fall into a black hole of the unknown.

The Canadian people and law enforcement have every right to know what is legal and what is not legal.

I have been defending this issue since 2009, after one of my clients was arrested and had their pocket knives seized because they were mistaken for switchblades. Since that time, I’ve defended ten more similar cases and have had every charge thrown out.

The first step is to Issue Action in the Superior Court of Justice; request suspension of the force and effect of the CITT decision and section 84(1) to permit the government and legislators to rewrite or redefine what is and what is not a ‘prohibited weapon’ in Canada.  During the period of suspension of the effect of the CITT decision, trade must continue as it did before the decision of the International Trade Tribunal.

During the course of this legal action, I will communicate with the contributors of this campaign like I would with any of my clients, including providing frequent updates and cost transparency.

This is not a ‘money-maker’ for me. This GoFundMe will allow me to focus on this case and bring in additional lawyers. Our target is $110,000US for this campaign, but the entire cost of litigation is always difficult to predict ahead of time.

I urge you to sign a petition which has been sponsored by Alberta-MP, Matt Jeneroux. The more Canadians sign the petition, the more we can send a message to politicians that knife laws are an issue that need to be addressed:


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  • Stephen Marsden 
    • $20 
    • 14 mos
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    • $25 
    • 14 mos
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    • $10 
    • 15 mos
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    • $20 
    • 18 mos
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    • $25 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Suzie von Achten 
Etobicoke, ON
Seth Vietti 
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