New Firearms Regulations Safety Neutral

On April 30, 2020, the Canadian government imposed new firearms measures through the Governor-in-Council, which is essentially a regulatory amendment that, among other things, added new makes and models of rifles to the prohibited firearms list. These new regulations do not appear to have any impact – positive or negative – to firearm safety in […]

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Is It Too Late Now?

COVID-19 Emergency Illustrates Why You Need to Act Quickly Until March of 2020, anyone with an interest could sign up and take a Canadian Firearms Safety Course and/or Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course and expect to obtain a Possession Acquisition firearm licence (or “PAL”) within 2-3 months. The Novel Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19 is the disease […]

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Having a Truck Gun – Preparedness for uncertain times

REVISION. Though transporting an unloaded non-restricted firearm remains legal throughout Canada in accordance with the existing regulations, many firearms that were formerly non-restricted were made prohibited under an order-in-council on May 1, 2020. For some time now, many legal gun owners have taken to carrying a “truck gun” – even here in Canada. Now with Coronavirus scares, we […]

Rifle Bans, Handgun Bans, and More

The Government of Canada has made it clear that there will shortly be actions on banning certain rifles, and future legislation that may allow cities to ban handguns. It is thought that the preferred instrument for the rifle ban would be an “order in council” — a type of legislation that does not require a […]

“Restricted” Firearm Misinformation

There has been much discussion during the recent months, and especially during the current election period, about potential handgun bans and “restricted” firearms. We frequently get queries during our training courses about these topics and the impact that any legislative changes may have on firearm ownership in Canada.

Bill C-71 is Coming, Are You Ready?

The federal government has briskly moved Bill C-71, an Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms through the various legislative stages and it has recently reached third reading, with a referral to the Senate, in late September. Firearms owners, and prospective firearms owners, should know and understand the changes being proposed under […]

Cities Moving To Ban Handguns, Are You Affected?

The city of Toronto recently passed a motion that would “ban handguns” within the city limits. Other cities, such as Hamilton, are looking at following suit. But what does the motion really mean and does it affect you as an individual firearm owner or prospective owner? The move comes in the wake of several high-profile […]

The Impact of Bill C-71

The Liberal government has proposed legislation that will impact firearms owners in Canada. While the details of the proposed Bill C-71 may yet change, it is important for those currently licenced to own firearms, and those considering obtaining a licence in the near future, to consider the possible changes that may happen should the legislation […]

Firearms Marking Regulations Take Effect Next June

Canadian regulations requiring firearms to be marked in accordance with an international treaty come into effect in exactly one year. First introduced in 2004 under the Liberal government of former Prime Minister Paul Martin, the regulation known as SOR/2004-275 Firearms Marking Regulations will require that all firearms imported into or made in Canada carry a permanent […]

2015 Commissioner of Firearms Report: 5 Things to Know

The RCMP recently released the 2015 Commissioner of Firearms report, an annual summary of firearms program statistics and information the police service publishes each year.  We break down the key points and what they mean for the Canadian firearms community. 1. Firearms licencing is on the rise Canada now has over 2 million firearm licence […]