Canadian Firearms Safety Course (PAL & RPAL)

Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE)


Possibly the most important reason is the choice not to be informed about firearms safety and develop the life skills to ACT responsibly with a firearm and PROVE it safe.  Family or friends may have a firearm in their house, cabin, vehicle… or you may be asked about firearms, firearms licensing, firearms handling and want to provide a more educated response than those typically presented by the media, television or video games.  The vast majority of the accidents reported in the media involve people who are non-licensed and in non-compliance with firearms safety regulations.

The Vital Four ACTS of Firearms Safety

  1. Always assume that a firearm is loaded

  2. Control the muzzle and point it only in a safe direction

  3. Trigger finger is off the trigger and out of the trigger guard (until safe to shoot)

  4. See that the firearm is unloaded, PROVE it safe.

  1. Point the muzzle in the safest direction

  2. Remove all ammunition from the chamber and magazine

  3. Observe that the chamber is empty

  4. Verify that the feed path is clear

  5. Examine the bore for any obstructions

  1. BulletTarget shooting and recreational shooting sports:

  2. Target Rifle, Tactical Rifle & Pistol, Service Rifle,

  3. F-Class, IDPA, IPSC, Benchrest

  4. BulletHunting

  5. BulletWilderness protection

  6. BulletCollecting

  7. BulletFamily’s proximity to firearms related to employment or recreation

  8. BulletTeaching children about firearms safety

  9. BulletFor the amnesty program to apply and become compliant without criminal liability.

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The RCMP reported the following data for British Columbians with firearms licenses:

  1. Bullet215,738 at December 2010.

  2. Bullet223,190 at June 2011. 

  3. Bullet232,072 at March 2012.

  4. Bullet240,669 at September 2013.

People are interested in firearms safety education and licensing for numerous reasons:

Contact us

Tara 604.836.8043

Marc 778.688.1397

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course is a competency based course required to obtain a “Possession and Acquisition License” (PAL).  This license is required to purchase a firearm, purchase ammunition, or possess a firearm.  There are two courses, one for non-restricted firearms and one for restricted firearms.

The Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education course is required to obtain a B.C. Resident Hunter Number which is needed to purchase a hunting license.

There are two classifications of firearms licenses:

  1. 1.Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) for non-restricted firearms; and,

  2. 2.Restricted Possession and Acquisition License (RPAL) for restricted firearms. 

Non-restricted firearms are generally rifles, shotguns, and air rifles (with a muzzle velocity >500 feet per second).  Restricted firearms are generally handguns. However, firearms legislation is complex and regulations regarding barrel length, overall length and type of action also affect classification.