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Changes to the Canadian Firearms Program


On April 5, 2012, Bill C-19, Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act, came into effect. The key changes are as follows:

  1. BulletRemoval of the requirement to register non-restricted firearms

  2. BulletDestruction of the existing non-restricted firearms registration records

  3. BulletAllowing the transferor of a non-restricted firearm to obtain confirmation of a transferee’s firearms acquisition licence prior to the transfer being finalized


Until further notice, due to a Court Order issued by the Quebec Superior Court, residents of Quebec are still required to register non-restricted firearms with the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program.


It is important to note that the new law does not change the requirement for all individuals to hold a licence in order to possess a firearm. The licensing, safety training and safe storage requirements for anyone who uses or owns a firearm continue to be in force.


The legislation also does not impact registration requirements for restricted or prohibited firearms.


Challenges are no longer permitted for a PAL or RPAL, the CFSC or CRFSC is required to write the exam.


POLs do no longer provide an exemption to the practical firearms handling exam.

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