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Ammunition or Magazine Inserted Into Firearms or Cartridges Affixed

Ammunition or Magazine Inserted Into Firearms or Cartridges Affixed

Ammunition or Magazine Inserted Into Firearms or Cartridges Affixed

Ammunition or Magazine Inserted Into Firearms or Cartridges Affixed – Can I keep my ammunition in or touching the firearm? Can I keep my magazine loaded?

The question about loaded vs unloaded firearms keeps coming up.  Below is the section of the regulations as well as links to the original documents that clarify where ammunition can be in relation to the firearm.  The most common questions are:

 

Can I keep my magazines loaded?

Yes provided they are not in or attached to the firearm.  Yes, this includes sparse magazines that cannot feed into the chamber. The law states “nor in the cartridge magazine attached to or inserted into the firearm” it makes no distinction to whether the magazine can feed the feeding path or deliver a cartridge to the chamber.  A common example used in the forums is the Steyr Scout that keeps a spare magazine in the but stock.

 

Ammunition or Magazine Inserted Into Firearms or Cartridges Affixed

Can I keep my magazine attached to my firearm?

Yes provided it is not loaded. The firearms act stats “in respect of a firearm, means that any propellant, projectile or cartridge that can be discharged from the firearm is not contained in the breach or firing chamber of the firearm nor in the cartridge magazine attached to or inserted into the firearm” So in this instance, the law is not concerned with the magazine but is concerned if it contains “means that any propellant, projectile or cartridge that can be discharged from the firearm”

 

The next example hotly debated is the speed feedstock or side saddles?

  This example may not be directly addressed in the language.  The law appears to only refer to the “cartridge magazine attached”  to the firearm and is fine with “means that any propellant, projectile or cartridge that can be discharged from the firearm” provided it “is not contained in the breach or firing chamber of the firearm”.  BC Firearms Academy cannot and does not intend to give legal advice, however, we can comfortably say that we do not recommend storing ammunition in contact with the firearm.  Simply because we always recommend going above the minimum legal standards of “not readily accessible to ammunition”.

Ammunition or Magazine Inserted Into Firearms or Cartridges Affixed

We know that the Firearms Act stipulates “ unless the ammunition is stored, together with or separately from the firearm, in a container or receptacle that is kept securely locked and that is constructed so that it cannot readily be broken open or into.” But we want to save something for the future.

 

We hope you found this interesting and remember to register for our courses at http://firearmacademy.ca/ .

 

Storage, Display, Transportation, and Handling of Firearms by Individuals Regulations

SOR/98-209

FIREARMS ACT

unloaded, in respect of a firearm, means that any propellant, projectile or cartridge that can be discharged from the firearm is not contained in the breach or firing chamber of the firearm nor in the cartridge magazine attached to or inserted into the firearm.

 

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-98-209/FullText.html

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-98-210/FullText.html

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Canadian_Criminal_Law/Offences/Possession_of_a_Restricted_or_Prohibited_Firearm

 

All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more.  The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, may not be current and is subject to change without notice.

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