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Frequently Asked Canadian Firearms Laws Questions

Frequently Asked Law Questions

Questions About Canadian Firearms Laws

How do I transfer a handgun in Canada?

How do I transfer a handgun in Canada?

How do I transfer a handgun in Canada? The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) must speak with both the transferor and the transferee for restricted and prohibited firearms. However, both parties do not need to be available at the same time. Follow the steps below. Call the CFP with the following information: If you are an […]

Is concealed carrying a firearm legally in Canada?

Is concealed carrying a firearm legally in Canada?

Is concealed carrying a firearm legally in Canada? No! The practise of carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) is generally prohibited in Canada. Section 90 of the Criminal Code prohibits carrying a concealed weapon unless authorized for a lawful occupational purpose. CCW is generally prohibited in Canada. The practice of CCW is generally prohibited in Canada. Section […]

Is the Ruger 10/22 prohibited in Canada?

Is the Ruger 10/22 prohibited in Canada?

Is the Ruger 10/22 prohibited in Canada? No! The Ruger 10/22 is readily available at many retailers in Canada. (as of the posting of this article April 2022) Ruger 10/22 The Ruger 10/22 is a series of semi-automatic rifles produced by American firearm manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co., chambered for the .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridge. It uses a patented 10-round rotary magazine, though higher capacity box magazines are […]

What is not a firearm in Canada?

What is not a firearm in Canada?

What is not a firearm in Canada? For the purposes of the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code, the following devices are generally not considered firearms (unless they’re used in a criminal or negligent manner): antique firearms devices designed exclusively for: signalling notifying of distress firing blank cartridges firing stud cartridges explosive-driven rivets other industrial projectiles shooting devices […]

Why do people say shotguns can hold a maximum of 3 shells?

Why do people say shotguns can hold a maximum of 3 shells?

Why do people say shotguns can hold a maximum of 3 shells?  This comes from Migratory Birds Regulations. When not used for Hunting the magazine can hold 5 or unlimited rounds depending on the action type. In short: When hunting waterfowl the maximum magazine capacity is 3. In MOST other situations: Most shotguns are not […]

Are semiautomatic and centerfire rifles all restricted?

Are semiautomatic and centerfire rifles all restricted?

Are semiautomatic and centerfire rifles all restricted? No! Most centerfires and semiautomatic rifles and shotguns are non-resticted. Some centerfires and semiautomatic rifles are restricted but these characteristics do not necessarily make a firearm restricted in Canada.  Restricted What’s included in this class Handguns that are not prohibited firearms Firearms that: are not prohibited firearms have […]

Are 10 and 12 gauge shotguns prohibited in Canada Now?

Are 10 and 12 gauge shotguns prohibited in Canada Now?

Are 10 and 12 gauge shotguns prohibited in Canada Now?  No! The SAAMI chamber specifications for 10ga and 12ga shotguns do not include chokes, therefore, indicating that chokes are not part of the bore. Update on 10 and 12 gauge shotgun classification under the new prohibition On May 1st, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that it had made amendments to […]

What firearms were banned in Canada on May 1, 2020?

What firearms were banned in Canada on May 1, 2020?

What firearms were banned in Canada on May 1, 2020? On May 1, 2020, the Government of Canada has prohibited: nine (9) types of firearms, by make and model, and their variants; and firearms with a bore of 20 mm or greater, and those firearms capable of discharging a projectile with a muzzle energy greater than 10,000 Joules; and the upper […]

Can I own a handgun in Canada?

Can I own a handgun in Canada?

Can I own a handgun in Canada? Yes Absolutely, You can own handguns and be licensed to acquire a restricted firearm (handguns) for target practice, target shooting competitions, or as part of a collection. Restricted What’s included in this class Handguns that are not prohibited firearms Firearms that: are not prohibited firearms have a barrel […]