Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The National Firearms Association has just released an updated version of A Primer on Search Warrants.
A PDF version (1.2 Mb) of this text in a trifold pamphlet format, suitable for commercial printing may be downloaded from:
A PDF version (38.45 Kb)of this text, reformatted to fit on regular NFA letterhead, suitable for single sided printing may be downloaded from:
This "Primer" will give you the basics. PRINT it, discuss it with your family, and post it inside a cupboard or some place your family knows about. Add your own important phone numbers.
Only by knowing and understanding the law can you protect your rights.
Frequently asked questions about search warrants
1. Can the police just kick down my door to get in to my house?
The general rule is that police are required to announce their presence, announce that they have a search warrant and request permission to enter. If permission is denied then they are entitled to use reasonable force to conduct the search. If you are not at home at the time of the search, the police are entitled to use reasonable force to enter your residence and conduct the search. The police may dispense with the proper announcement when executing a search warrant of a home where the circumstances of the case show a real threat of violent behaviour to the police or to third parties (R. v. Genest,  1 S.C.R. 59).