Firearms Act (S.C. 1995, c. 39)

Act current to 2015-08-04 and last amended on 2015-06-18. Previous Versions

Registration Certificates

Marginal note:Registration certificate

 A registration certificate may only be issued for a prohibited firearm or a restricted firearm.

  • 2012, c. 6, s. 10.
Marginal note:Registration certificate

 A person is not eligible to hold a registration certificate for a firearm unless the person holds a licence authorizing the person to possess that kind of firearm.

Marginal note:Serial number

 A registration certificate may be issued only for a firearm

  • (a) that bears a serial number sufficient to distinguish it from other firearms; or

  • (b) that is described in the prescribed manner.

Marginal note:Exempted firearms

 A registration certificate may not be issued for a firearm that is owned by Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province or by a police force.

Marginal note:Only one person per registration certificate
  •  (1) A registration certificate for a firearm may be issued to only one person.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in the case of a firearm for which a registration certificate referred to in section 127 was issued to more than one person.


Marginal note:Places where prohibited and restricted firearms may be possessed

 Subject to sections 19 and 20, a prohibited firearm or restricted firearm, the holder of the registration certificate for which is an individual, may be possessed only at the dwelling-house of the individual, as recorded in the Canadian Firearms Registry, or at a place authorized by a chief firearms officer.

  • 1995, c. 39, s. 17;
  • 2003, c. 8, s. 15.

 [Repealed, 2003, c. 8, s. 15]

Marginal note:Transporting and using prohibited firearms or restricted firearms
  •  (1) An individual who holds a licence authorizing the individual to possess prohibited firearms or restricted firearms may be authorized to transport a particular prohibited firearm or restricted firearm between two or more specified places for any good and sufficient reason, including, without restricting the generality of the foregoing,

    • (a) 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;

    • (a.1) to provide instructions in the use of firearms as part of a restricted firearms safety course that is approved by the federal Minister; or

    • (b) if the individual

      • (i) changes residence,

      • (ii) wishes to transport the firearm to a peace officer, firearms officer or chief firearms officer for registration or disposal in accordance with this Act or Part III of the Criminal Code,

      • (iii) wishes to transport the firearm for repair, storage, sale, exportation or appraisal, or

      • (iv) wishes to transport the firearm to a gun show.

  • Marginal note:Exception for prohibited firearms other than prohibited handguns

    (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), an individual may not be authorized to transport a prohibited firearm, other than a handgun referred to in subsection 12(6.1), under that subsection, except for the purposes referred to in paragraph (1)(b).

  • Marginal note:Non-residents

    (3) A non-resident may be authorized to transport a particular restricted firearm between specified places in accordance with sections 35 and 35.1.

  • 1995, c. 39, s. 19;
  • 2003, c. 8, s. 16.