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Firearms Act

Version of section 4 from 2012-04-05 to 2023-01-11:


Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of this Act is

  • (a) to provide, notably by sections 5 to 16 and 54 to 73, for the issuance of

    • (i) licences for firearms and authorizations and registration certificates for prohibited firearms or restricted firearms, under which persons may possess firearms in circumstances that would otherwise constitute an offence under subsection 91(1), 92(1), 93(1) or 95(1) of the Criminal Code,

    • (ii) licences and authorizations under which persons may possess prohibited weapons, restricted weapons, prohibited devices and prohibited ammunition in circumstances that would otherwise constitute an offence under subsection 91(2), 92(2) or 93(1) of the Criminal Code, and

    • (iii) licences under which persons may sell, barter or give cross-bows in circumstances that would otherwise constitute an offence under subsection 97(1) of the Criminal Code;

  • (b) to authorize,

    • (i) notably by sections 5 to 12 and 54 to 73, the manufacture of or offer to manufacture, and

    • (ii) notably by sections 21 to 34 and 54 to 73, the transfer of or offer to transfer,

    firearms, prohibited weapons, restricted weapons, prohibited devices, ammunition and prohibited ammunition in circumstances that would otherwise constitute an offence under subsection 99(1), 100(1) or 101(1) of the Criminal Code; and

  • (c) to authorize, notably by sections 35 to 73, the importation or exportation of firearms, prohibited weapons, restricted weapons, prohibited devices, ammunition, prohibited ammunition and components and parts designed exclusively for use in the manufacture of or assembly into automatic firearms in circumstances that would otherwise constitute an offence under subsection 103(1) or 104(1) of the Criminal Code.

  • 1995, c. 39, s. 4
  • 2012, c. 6, s. 9
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