Thursday, April 05, 2012

Canadian Firearms Program Changes (Apr 5, 2012)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

Changes to the Canadian Firearms Program

On April 5, 2012, Bill C-19, Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act, came into effect. The key changes are as follows:

•Removal of the requirement to register non-restricted firearms
•Destruction of the existing non-restricted firearms registration records
•Allowing the transferor of a non-restricted firearm to obtain confirmation of a transferee’s firearms acquisition licence prior to the transfer being finalized

Until further notice, due to a Court Order issued by the Quebec Superior Court, residents of Quebec are still required to register non-restricted firearms with the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program.

It is important to note that the new law does not change the requirement for all individuals to hold a licence in order to possess a firearm. The licensing, safety training and safe storage requirements for anyone who uses or owns a firearm continue to be in force.

The legislation also does not impact registration requirements for restricted or prohibited firearms.


Paperwork requirements for Canadians re-entering Canada with a firearm as of this date has not been addressed. Past procedures are still being followed.

I'm keeping an eye on the Firearm Website for posted changes!

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