Canada Firearms Licensing

Long-awaited amendments to Canadian gun laws were introduced in the House by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. The legislation introduced on October 07, 2014 will:

1. Change the licensing system to merge possession-only licences and possession and acquisition licences, giving new rights to firearms owners.

2. Implement a six-month grace period for individuals to renew their firearms licence without fear of becoming a “paper criminal.”¬†

3. Make classroom participation in firearms safety training mandatory for anyone who wants to possess and acquire a firearm.

4. Make authorization to transport restricted firearms a condition of a restricted firearms licence.

The bill also reclassifies some firearms, including the Swiss Arms rifle for which the Conservatives earlier granted an amnesty after a controversy over its reclassification.