The days of challenging someone to a duel seem to be lost to history, but they could be on the way of making a comeback thanks to new updates coming to Canadian law.
For years, it has been illegal to invite or accept a duel with someone. However, the government announced this week that it intends to change that, as they update our laws.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced that some some “obsolete” and “redundant” Criminal Code provisions would be removed in an effort to update and modernize the criminal justice system.
The new proposed legislation “would amend or repeal a number of provisions in the Criminal Code in order to make the law more relevant in our modern society,” a press release said going on to state that some of the old offences were no longer relevant today.
The last person to die in a duel in Canada was Robert Lyon. He was killed by John Wilson in 1833, as they dueled over the affections of a young school teacher.
Duels are not the only old timey offences getting written off the books. If the legislation goes through these offences will also come off the books:
- Advertising a reward for the return of stolen property “no questions asked,”
- Pretending to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration,
- Publishing blasphemous libel,
- Possessing, printing, distributing or publishing crime comics,
- Issuing trading stamps, and,
- Fraudulently pretending to practice witchcraft.