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Firearms Act

Version of section 7 from 2015-09-02 to 2020-09-09:


Marginal note:Successful completion of safety course

  •  (1) An individual is eligible to hold a licence only if the individual

    • (a) successfully completes the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, as given by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, and passes the tests, as administered by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, that form part of that Course;

    • (b) passed, before the commencement day, the tests, as administered by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, that form part of that Course;

    • (c) successfully completed, before January 1, 1995, a course that the attorney general of the province in which the course was given had, during the period beginning on January 1, 1993 and ending on December 31, 1994, approved for the purposes of section 106 of the former Act;

    • (d) passed, before January 1, 1995, a test that the attorney general of the province in which the test was administered had, during the period beginning on January 1, 1993 and ending on December 31, 1994, approved for the purposes of section 106 of the former Act; or

    • (e) on the commencement day, was an individual referred to in paragraph 7(4)(c) as it read immediately before that day and held a licence.

  • Marginal note:Restricted firearms safety course

    (2) An individual is eligible to hold a licence authorizing the individual to possess prohibited firearms or restricted firearms only if the individual

    • (a) successfully completes a restricted firearms safety course that is approved by the federal Minister, as given by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, and passes any tests, as administered by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, that form part of that course;

    • (b) passed, before the commencement day, a restricted firearms safety test, as administered by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, that is approved by the federal Minister; or

    • (c) on the commencement day, was an individual referred to in paragraph 7(4)(c) as it read immediately before that day and held a licence authorizing the individual to possess prohibited firearms or restricted firearms.

  • Marginal note:After expiration of prohibition order

    (3) An individual against whom a prohibition order was made

    • (a) is eligible to hold a licence only if the individual has, after the expiration of the prohibition order,

      • (i) successfully completed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, as given by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, and

      • (ii) passed the tests, as administered by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, that form part of that Course; and

    • (b) is eligible to hold a licence authorizing the individual to possess restricted firearms only if the individual has, after the expiration of the prohibition order,

      • (i) successfully completed a restricted firearms safety course that is approved by the federal Minister, as given by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, and

      • (ii) passed any tests, as administered by an instructor who is designated by a chief firearms officer, that form part of that course.

  • Marginal note:Exceptions

    (4) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to an individual who

    • (a) in the prescribed circumstances, has been certified by a chief firearms officer as meeting the prescribed criteria relating to the safe handling and use of firearms and the laws relating to firearms;

    • (b) is less than eighteen years old and requires a firearm to hunt or trap in order to sustain himself or herself or his or her family;

    • (c) [Repealed, 2015, c. 27, s. 4]

    • (d) requires a licence merely to acquire cross-bows; or

    • (e) is a non-resident who is 18 years old or older and by or on behalf of whom an application is made for a 60-day licence authorizing the non-resident to possess non-restricted firearms.

  • Marginal note:Further exception

    (5) Subsection (3) does not apply to an individual in respect of whom an order is made under section 113 of the Criminal Code (lifting of prohibition order for sustenance or employment) and who is exempted by a chief firearms officer from the application of that subsection.

  • 1995, c. 39, s. 7
  • 2003, c. 8, s. 11
  • 2015, c. 27, s. 4
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