With respect to an Aboriginal individual who is less than 18 years old, section 17 of the Firearms Licences Regulations is adapted such that, for the purposes of paragraph 7(4)(a) of the Firearms Act, as adapted by section 15 of these Regulations, the circumstances are that the chief firearms officer has received a recommendation from any of the following persons indicating that, in that person’s opinion, the individual has the requisite knowledge to be certified under paragraph 7(4)(a) of the Firearms Act as adapted by section 15 of these Regulations, namely,

  • (a) an elder of the individual’s Aboriginal community;

  • (b) a leader of the individual’s Aboriginal community; or

  • (c) a person who is at least 18 years of age, who has personal knowledge of the individual within the six-month period preceding the application for a licence, and who

    • (i) has been certified by a chief firearms officer, or

    • (ii) has complied with paragraph 7(1)(a) or (b) of the Firearms Act.

 With respect to an Aboriginal individual who is less than 18 years old, section 18 of the Firearms Licences Regulations is adapted such that, for the purposes of paragraph 7(4)(a) of the Firearms Act, as adapted by section 15 of these Regulations, the criteria are

  • (a) basic knowledge of the safe storage, handling, transportation and use of firearms by individuals, including the operation of common hunting firearms; and

  • (b) basic knowledge of the laws that relate to the use of firearms and to the storage, handling and transportation of firearms by individuals.

Possession of Firearms

 Paragraph 7(4)(c) of the Firearms Act is adapted such that, if an Aboriginal individual had, on the commencement day, in order to engage in traditional hunting practices, the use of a firearm that is neither a prohibited firearm nor a restricted firearm, the individual is deemed to possess a firearm for the purposes of that paragraph.

 Subsection 7(2) of the Firearms Licences Regulations is adapted such that, if an Aboriginal individual has had, in order to engage in traditional hunting practices, the continuous use of a firearm that is neither a prohibited firearm nor a restricted firearm from the day on which paragraph 7(4)(c) of the Firearms Act came into force, that individual is deemed to possess a firearm for the purposes of that subsection.

Transfer of Treaty Ammunition

 Section 21 of the Firearms Act is adapted such that “transfer” does not include the provision of ammunition by Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province in fulfilment of a treaty obligation.

Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on December 1, 1998.

  • SOR/98-471, s. 15.
 
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