Firearms Act (S.C. 1995, c. 39)

Act current to 2015-07-09 and last amended on 2015-06-18. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Term of authorizations
  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4), an authorization expires on the expiration of the period for which it is expressed to be issued.

  • Marginal note:Authorizations to transport

    (2) Subject to subsection (3), an authorization to transport that takes the form of a condition attached to a licence expires on the earlier of

    • (a) the expiration of the period for which the condition is expressed to be attached, and

    • (b) the expiration of the licence.

  • Marginal note:Authorizations to transport

    (3) An authorization to transport a prohibited firearm, except for an automatic firearm, or a restricted firearm for use in target practice, or a target shooting competition, under specified conditions or under the auspices of a shooting club or shooting range that is approved under section 29, whether or not the authorization takes the form of a condition attached to the licence of the holder of the authorization, expires on the earlier of

    • (a) the expiration of the period for which the authorization is expressed to be issued, which period may be no more than five years, and

    • (b) the expiration of the licence.

  • Marginal note:Authorizations to carry

    (4) An authorization to carry expires

    • (a) in the case of an authorization to carry that takes the form of a condition attached to a licence, on the earlier of

      • (i) the expiration of the period for which the condition is expressed to be attached, which period may not be more than two years, and

      • (ii) the expiration of the licence; and

    • (b) in the case of an authorization to carry that does not take the form of a condition attached to a licence, on the expiration of the period for which the authorization is expressed to be issued, which period may not be more than two years.

  • 1995, c. 39, s. 65;
  • 2003, c. 8, s. 41.
Marginal note:Term of registration certificates

 A registration certificate for a prohibited firearm or a restricted firearm expires when

  • (a) the holder of the registration certificate ceases to be the owner of the firearm; or

  • (b) the firearm ceases to be a firearm.

  • 1995, c. 39, s. 66;
  • 2012, c. 6, s. 20.
Marginal note:Renewal
  •  (1) A chief firearms officer may renew a licence, authorization to carry or authorization to transport in the prescribed manner.

  • Marginal note:Restricted firearms and pre-December 1, 1998 handguns

    (2) On renewing a licence authorizing an individual to possess restricted firearms or handguns referred to in subsection 12(6.1) (pre-December 1, 1998 handguns), a chief firearms officer shall decide whether any of those firearms or handguns that the individual possesses are being used for a purpose described in section 28.

  • Marginal note:Registrar

    (3) A chief firearms officer who decides that any restricted firearms or any handguns referred to in subsection 12(6.1) (pre-December 1, 1998 handguns) that are possessed by an individual are not being used for that purpose shall

    • (a) give notice of that decision in the prescribed form to the individual; and

    • (b) inform the Registrar of that decision.

  • Marginal note:Relics

    (4) Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply to a firearm

    • (a) that is a relic, is of value as a curiosity or rarity or is valued as a memento, remembrance or souvenir;

    • (b) that was specified in the licence application as being a firearm for which a registration certificate under the former Act was issued because the firearm was a relic, was of value as a curiosity or rarity or was valued as a memento, remembrance or souvenir;

    • (c) for which a registration certificate under the former Act was issued because the firearm was a relic, was of value as a curiosity or rarity or was valued as a memento, remembrance or souvenir; and

    • (d) in respect of which an individual, on the commencement day, held a registration certificate under the former Act.

  • Marginal note:Material to accompany notice

    (5) A notice given under paragraph (3)(a) must include the reasons for the decision and be accompanied by a copy of sections 74 to 81.

  • 1995, c. 39, s. 67;
  • 2003, c. 8, ss. 42, 56.