Today the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision on the Montague appeal, which was heard just last week on February 18, 2010.
The court paved the way for an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, dismissing the constitutional "right" to firearms ownership, and ruling that alleged errors in the trial were not at issue.
The ruling by justices Moldaver, Cronk and MacPherson answers issues raised in the appeal and can be read in full here:
Bail conditions required Bruce Montague to surrender himself into custody prior to the decision's publication, where he remains pending a renewed bail application.
Donna Montague expressed shock and disbelief that the entire appeal was dismissed. "The judges seemed to be challenging seriously the crown's arguments during the hearing."
Montague was unavailable for comment. Pending consultation with his lawyer, he will evaluate the next step in this Firearms Rights court challenge, which is to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Anticipating the likelihood of appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Montagues deserve our support more than ever.
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