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The 3 Classes of Firearms: Make Sure You Are Properly Licensed

The 3 Classes of Firearms: Make Sure You Are Properly Licensed

The 3 Classes of Firearms:

Make Sure You are Properly Licensed

There are three classes of firearms: non-restricted, restricted and prohibited.

Non-restricted firearms are ordinary rifles and shotguns, other than those referred to below.

Restricted firearms include:

  • handguns that are not prohibited;
  • semi-automatic, centre-fire rifles and shotguns with a barrel shorter than 470 mm;
  • rifles and shotguns that can be fired when their overall length has been reduced by folding, telescoping or other means to less than 660 mm; and
  • firearms restricted by Criminal Code Regulations.

Prohibited firearms include:

  • handguns with a barrel length of 105 mm or less and handguns that discharge .25 or .32 calibre ammunition, except for a few specific ones used in International Shooting Union competitions;
  • rifles and shotguns that have been altered by sawing or other means so that their barrel length is less than 457 mm or their overall length is less than 660 mm;
  • full automatics;
  • converted automatics, namely full automatics that have been altered so that they fire only one projectile when the trigger is squeezed; and
  • firearms prohibited by Criminal Code Regulations.

To obtain a license to possess or acquire non-restricted firearms, you must obtain a PAL, or Possession Acquisition License. This requires that you complete the CFSC (Canadian Firearms Safety Course).

To obtain a license to possess or acquire a restricted firearm, you must obtain an RPAL, or Restricted Possession Acquisition License. This requires that you complete the CRFSC (Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course).

*You cannot take the CRFSC without completing the CFSC.*

BC Firearms Academy offers the combined CFSC/CRFSC regularly throughout the Lower Mainland. This course runs over 2 days with testing at the end of day 2. Testing consists of written and practical components.

New to Firearms?

Don’t worry! Our instructors want you to succeed. They will thoroughly cover all the government mandated course content and are easily approachable if you desire extra attention.

Already Know Your Stuff?

Perfect! The course is a lot of fun and is an awesome opportunity to refresh your knowledge for the exams.

All bookings must be made through BC Firearms Academy at 604-592-2410 or bcfirearmsacademy.ca .

Online Courses Offered By BC Firearms Academy

BC Firearms Academy offers a wide variety of training options to meet your needs!

Free Resources Canadian Firearms Safety Course

Free resources and study materials to help you prepare for your Canadian Firearms Safety Course. No need to print the manual or bring the manual to your course with BC Firearm Academy. No need to print the manual or bring the manual to your course with BC Firearm Academy.

Online CORE Hunter Education Course

This course is designed to prepare you for the CORE Hunter Education Course examination and as a companion guide to the in-person course. Register for the exam challenge or the online course BC Firearms Academy.

A free online study guide to help you stay safe in the bear country of BC

A free online study guide to help you stay safe in the bear country of BC. This online guide will help you work, hunt, hike, and camp safely in the backcountry of BC.

Free CORE Hunter Education resources and study guide.

Free resources and study materials to help you prepare for your Canadian Firearms Safety Course. No need to print the manual or bring the manual to your course with BC Firearm Academy.

Canadian CORE Course Challenge and Hunting Licence Exam Challenge. Firearms Safety Courses

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Courses Offered By BC Firearms Academy

BC Firearms Academy offers a wide verity of training options to meet your needs!

Canadian Firearms Safety Courses

This Canadian Firearms Safety Course & Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course runs over two days from 9:30 am to 5 pm. This is the course required for your Canadian Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).

Canadian Firearms Safety Courses

Canadian Firearms Safety Course Non-Restricted Only - CFSC - Canadian Firearms Safety Course. This Canadian Firearms Safety Course runs over 1 day from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

CORE Hunter Education Course

CORE Hunter Education Course BC Fish & Wildlife ID FWID Abby Jan 13/14 This CORE Hunter Education Course is completed over 1 or 2 days from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Courses

Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course – Restricted Only This Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course runs over 1 day from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Testing is completed on the day of instruction.

Combined - Non-Restricted Canadian Firearms Safety Course & CORE Hunter Education Course

Combined - Canadian Firearms Safety Course - Non-Restricted Only & CORE Hunter Education Course This is a 2 Day combined course. The Non-restricted Canadian Firearms Safety Courses is completed on the first day.

Personal Coaching & One on One Instruction

Personal Coaching, One on One Instruction & Range Training. Accelerate what you’re out to accomplish. Address what matters most to your shooting goals.

Wilderness Authorization to Carry Proof of Proficiency

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CFSC OR CRFSC Retest

For individuals who have completed a BC Firearm Academy Canadian Firearms Safety Course Only. The RCMP firearms program no longer allows individuals to challenge the firearms safety course.

Predatory Wildlife & Bear Defence

This course is designed for those working in the bush or the outdoor enthusiast that spends time in bear country. For individuals who have completed a BC Firearm Academy Canadian Firearms Safety Course Only. The RCMP firearms program no longer allows individuals to challenge the firearms safety course.

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