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Bill C-71 Firearms Acts Regulations Changes March 20 2018

Bill C-71 Firearms Acts Regulations Changes March 20 2018

Bill C-71 Firearms Acts Regulations Changes March 20 2018

Link To The Government Release Regarding Firearms Bill C-71

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/news/2018/03/firearms-legislation-to-make-communities-safer.html

Bill C-71 Firearms Acts Regulations Changes March 20 2018 a quick look:

Background checks for criminal violence and any mental illness will be conducted over the life of the individual, not the previous five year period.

Both business and private sales of all firearms are subject to computerized license verification. Non-Restricted firearms transfers will not have the information regarding the firearm recorded.

Business are required to keep records which will include the individual’s information and all information regarding the firearm(s) transferred. The business must keep the records for 20 years unless the business ceases to be a business. In that case all records must be surrendered to the authorities.

Authorizations to Transport have been gutted. The only permitted uses are to shooting ranges and Purchase-to-Home, but will still include “all ranges in province”. All currently held ATTs will be revoked upon passage of Bill 71.

All of the Swiss Arms Classic series and all CZ-858s will be made 12(9) Prohibited. The owners of these rifles will be Grandfathered. Grandfathered individuals will be able to acquire other 12(9) firearms. Grandfathered owners will be permitted to transport these firearms to a range for the purposes of target shooting.

The powers of the Governing Council to declare any firearm to be Non-Restricted has been revoked. The Governing Council may still be used to declare any firearms to be restricted or prohibited.

UN Firearms Marking will be issued in a Technical amendment.

 

HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA BILL C-71 An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms ( Link):

First Session, Forty-second Parliament,
64-65-66-67 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA

FIRST READING, MARCH 20, 2018

http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-71/first-reading

 

Bill C-71 and the CZ & Swiss Arms Quick Look:

  • C-71 will prohibit CZ & Swiss Arms rifles
    • Current owners of the CZ & Swiss Arms rifles will be grandfathered as 12-9 or 12(9)
  • ATT’s or authorization to transport will be issued for the CZ & Swiss Arms rifles. ( it appears at this time Link )

Bill C71 – CZ858 ( CZ ) Rifle:

(2) Section 12 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (9):
Grandfathered individuals — CZ rifle
(10) An individual is eligible to hold a licence authorizing the individual to possess one or more firearms referred to in subsection (11) if
(a) the individual possessed one or more such firearms on June 30,2018;
(b) the individual
(i) held on that day a registration certificate for one or more such firearms, in the case where at least one of those firearms was on that day a restricted firearm, or
(ii) applies, before the first anniversary of the commencement day, for a registration certificate that is subsequently issued for a firearm referred to in subsection (11), in any other case; and
(c) the individual was continuously the holder of a registration certificate for one or more such firearms beginning on
(i) June 30,2018, in the case where at least one of those firearms was on that day a restricted firearm, or
(ii) the day on which a registration certificate referred to in subparagraph (b)‍(ii) is issued to the individual, in any other case.
Grandfathered firearms — CZ rifle
(11) Subsection (10) applies in respect of a firearm that
(a) is a
(i) Ceská Zbrojovka (CZ) Model CZ858 Tactical-2P rifle,
(ii) Ceská Zbrojovka (CZ) Model CZ858 Tactical-2V rifle,
(iii) Ceská Zbrojovka (CZ) Model CZ858 Tactical-4P rifle, or
(iv) Ceská Zbrojovka (CZ) Model CZ858 Tactical-4V rifle; and
(b) was registered as a restricted firearm on June 30,2018 or, in the case of a firearm that was not a restricted firearm on that day, is the subject of an application made before the first anniversary of the commencement day for a registration certificate that is subsequently issued.

Bill C71 -SAN Swiss Arms ( Classic Green ) Rifle:

Grandfathered individuals — SAN Swiss Arms
(13) An individual is eligible to hold a licence authorizing the individual to possess one or more firearms referred to in subsection (14) if
(a) the individual possessed one or more such firearms on June 30,2018;
(b) the individual
(i) held on that day a registration certificate for one or more such firearms, in the case where at least one of those firearms was on that day a restricted firearm, or
(ii) applies, before the first anniversary of the commencement day, for a registration certificate that was subsequently issued for a firearm referred to in subsection (14), in any other case; and
(c) the individual was continuously the holder of a registration certificate for one or more such firearms beginning on
(i) June 30,2018, in the case where at least one of the firearms was on that day a restricted firearm, or
(ii) the day on which a registration certificate referred to in subparagraph (b)‍(ii) is issued to the individual, in any other case.
Grandfathered firearms — SAN Swiss Arms
(14) Subsection (13) applies in respect of a firearm that
(a) is a
(i) SAN Swiss Arms Model Classic Green rifle,
(ii) SAN Swiss Arms Model Classic Green carbine,
(iii) SAN Swiss Arms Model Classic Green CQB rifle,
(iv) SAN Swiss Arms Model Black Special rifle,
(v) SAN Swiss Arms Model Black Special carbine,
(vi) SAN Swiss Arms Model Black Special CQB rifle,
(vii) SAN Swiss Arms Model Black Special Target rifle,
(viii) SAN Swiss Arms Model Blue Star rifle,
(ix) SAN Swiss Arms Model Heavy Metal rifle,
(x) SAN Swiss Arms Model Red Devil rifle,
(xi) SAN Swiss Arms Model Swiss Arms Edition rifle,
(xii) SAN Swiss Arms Model Classic Green Sniper rifle,
(xiii) SAN Swiss Arms Model Ver rifle,
(xiv) SAN Swiss Arms Model Aestas rifle,
(xv) SAN Swiss Arms Model Autumnus rifle, or
(xvi) SAN Swiss Arms Model Hiemis rifle; and
(b) was registered as a restricted firearm on June 30,2018 or, in the case of a firearm that was not a restricted firearm on that day, is the subject of an application made before the first anniversary of the commencement day for a registration certificate that is subsequently issued.

Public Safety Canada  proposes Bill C71 to ( Link):

  • Enhance background checks on those seeking to acquire firearms – by eliminating the existing provision that focuses those checks primarily on just the five years immediately preceding a licence application.
  • Enhance the utility of those background checks and the effectiveness of the existing licensing system – by requiring that whenever a non-restricted firearm is transferred, the buyer must produce his/her firearms licence, and the vendor must verify that it is valid.
  • Standardize existing best practices among commercial retailers to maintain adequate records of their inventories and sales. These records would be accessible to police officers on reasonable grounds and with judicial authorization, as appropriate.
  • Ensure the impartial, professional, accurate and consistent classification of firearms as either “non-restricted” “restricted” or “prohibited” – by restoring a system in which Parliament defines the classes but entrusts experts in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to classify firearms, without political influence.
  • Bolster community safety in relation to restricted and prohibited firearms (mostly handguns and assault weapons) – by requiring specific transportation authorizations to be obtained whenever restricted or prohibited guns are moved through the community, except between a residence and an approved shooting range. The rules for transporting unrestricted weapons (such as legally owned rifles and shotguns) will not change.

Quick facts from the Government of Canada( Link):

  • There were 2,465 criminal violations involving firearms in 2016, an increase of 30% since 2013.  (Statistics Canada, CANSIM 252-0051.) Gun homicides were up by two-thirds – from 134 in 2013 to 223 in 2016. (Statistics Canada, Homicide Survey.)
  • Cases of intimate partner violence involving a firearm as reported to the police in 2016 numbered nearly 700- up by a third since 2013. (Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile 2013 and 2016)
  • There are more than 500 gun-related suicides each year, often among young people. (Statistics Canada, CANSIM 102-0551)
  • Incidents of breaking-and-entering for the purpose of stealing firearms rose from 516 in 2013 to 804 in 2016. (Statistics Canada, CANSIM 252-0051)
  • The majority of firearms owned by Canadians are non-restricted, typically “long-guns” such a hunting rifles and shotguns.  In 2016, it is noteworthy that 31% of all firearms-related homicides- where the firearm was recovered – involved a firearm that did not require registration. (Statistics Canada, Homicide Survey)
  • In November 2017, the government announced investments of $327.6 million over five years beginning in 2018-19, rising to $100 million per year thereafter, to support provincial/territorial and community-based initiatives to deal more effectively with guns-and-gangs. This includes prevention, enforcement, disruption and withdrawal.
  • On March 7, 2018,  the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness hosted a national summit on gun-and-gang violence to share information and best practices across the country, and to help ensure that the new federal funding is invested to the best advantage.
  • In Canada there are three types of firearms: “restricted”, such as handguns, certain rifles and semi-automatics; “prohibited”, such as certain handguns, fully automatic firearms, and sawed off rifles; and “non-restricted” such as ordinary hunting rifles and shotguns. The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program determines the technical classification of a firearm according to criteria in the Criminal Code. Restricted and prohibited firearms require additional safety training, must be registered and their use is limited to certain activities, such as target practice or as part of a collection.

Contacts

Scott Bardsley
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
613-998-5681

David Taylor
Office of the Minister of Justice
613-992-4621

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657
media@ps-sp.gc.ca

Media Relations
Justice Canada
613-957-4207
media@justice.gc.ca

 

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