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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.

  1. Call the CFP with the following information:
    • If you are an individual transferor you will need to provide your full name, address and firearms licence number, and the transferee’s full name and PAL number
    • If you are an individual transferee you will need to provide your PAL number, full name and address, and the transferor’s full name and firearms licence number
    • If you initiate the transfer you will need to provide the registration certificate number and confirm the firearm information (make, model, serial number, firearms identification number (FIN), etc.)
  2. When you call the CFP, you will get a reference number. Make sure both the transferor and the transferee have that reference number.
  3. The CFO for the jurisdiction receives the request and will review the transfer to make sure that the transferee is acquiring the restricted firearm or prohibited handgun for one of the permitted purposes (Firearms Act, Section 28).
  4. The transferor will need to get an Authorization to Transport (ATT) to transport the restricted firearm to its new location. There is no fee for an ATT. Call the CFP at 1-800-731-4000 or submit form RCMP 5490.
  5. Both the transferor and the transferee will receive a confirmation notice to let them know the transfer is complete. After a transfer is approved the new registration certificate will be mailed to the new owner within a few weeks.

Mail

Use form RCMP 5492 for restricted and prohibited firearms. Both the transferor and the transferee must complete the form. Call the CFP at 1-800-731-4000 to get a form.

Note

If you have the following types of firearms, you have them illegally:

  • restricted or prohibited firearms that have not yet been registered
  • any restricted or prohibited firearms that were registered under the former law, but not re-registered under the Firearms Act

To reduce the risk of penalties, please register these firearms immediately or dispose of them lawfully.

Do not take firearms into your local police detachment for disposal. Contact your local police department or detachment to arrange for pick up or delivery of any firearms.

Non-restricted

You do not need to register non-restricted firearms. That means you can transfer a non-restricted firearm without contacting the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP). However, the transferor (seller, giver) must make sure that the transferee (buyer, recipient) has a valid PAL. Call the CFP at 1-800-731-4000 to confirm the validity of the transferee’s licence before you transfer the firearm.

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