Firearms Licences Regulations (SOR/98-199)

Regulations are current to 2019-07-01 and last amended on 2015-05-08. Previous Versions

PART 1Individuals (continued)

Renewal of Possession and Acquisition Licences for Firearms and Possession Licences for Firearms (Paragraph 7(4)(c) of the Act) (continued)

 Sections 3 to 8 do not apply to the renewal of a licence.

  • SOR/2004-274, s. 8

Possession Licences for Firearms — Individuals Less than 18 Years Old

[SOR/2004-274, s. 9]
  •  (1) Subject to subsection 14(2), an application for a licence to possess firearms that is made by an individual who is less than 18 years old must be accompanied by

    • (a) a photograph of the applicant that is sufficient to identify the applicant accurately and that meets the requirements of subsection 14(1); and

    • (b) subject to subsection (2), a statement signed by a parent or person who has custody of the applicant, confirming that the photograph accurately identifies the applicant.

  • (2) The parent or person referred to in paragraph (1)(b) may, instead of signing the statement, verify it in the same manner as he or she gave the consent under subsection 8(5) of the Act.

  • SOR/2004-274, s. 10

Non-residents’ Sixty-Day Possession Licences (Borrowed Firearms)

  •  (1) This section does not apply in respect of the importation of firearms by non-residents under section 35 of the Act.

  • (2) An application that is made by or on behalf of an individual who is at least 18 years old and who is a non-resident for a 60-day licence referred to in subsection 5(3) of the Act must be accompanied by a statement signed by a person referred to in subsection (3), with the person's name printed legibly on it, confirming that, to the person's knowledge, the applicant will be using the firearms for a purpose referred to in subsection (4).

  • (3) The persons who may sign a statement for the purposes of subsection (2) are members of any of the following classes of persons and authorized officers of any of the following classes of organizations:

    • (a) outfitters or other persons authorized under the laws of a province to provide services involving organized hunting in Canada;

    • (b) Canadian residents who hold licences to possess firearms and who hold licences to hunt that are issued by a province;

    • (c) persons or organizations sponsoring a shooting competition at which competitors might reasonably need to borrow firearms;

    • (d) officers of a shooting club or shooting range that is approved under section 29 of the Act;

    • (e) persons or organizations sponsoring a parade, a pageant or a historical re-enactment or display for which participants might reasonably need to borrow firearms;

    • (f) persons or organizations that have an interest in a business or scientific activity that is being carried on, or that will be carried on, in a remote area in which firearms might reasonably be needed for the control of predators; and

    • (g) persons or organizations responsible for the use of firearms in motion picture, television, video or theatrical productions or publishing activities for which participants might reasonably need to borrow firearms.

  • (4) An individual is eligible to hold a licence referred to in subsection (2) only if the individual will be using the firearms exclusively for one or more of the following purposes:

    • (a) hunting under the supervision of an outfitter or other person authorized under the laws of a province to provide services involving organized hunting in Canada;

    • (b) hunting with, or hunting with a firearm borrowed from, a person who is a member of a class described in paragraph (3)(b);

    • (c) competing in a shooting competition for which the firearms might reasonably be needed;

    • (d) target practice at a shooting club or shooting range that is approved under section 29 of the Act;

    • (e) participating in a parade, a pageant or a historical re-enactment or display for which the firearms might reasonably be needed;

    • (f) engaging in a business or scientific activity that is being carried on, or that will be carried on, in a remote area in which firearms are might reasonably be needed for the control of predators; and

    • (g) participating in motion picture, television, video or theatrical productions or publishing activities for which the firearms might reasonably be needed.

  • SOR/2004274, s. 11

 [Repealed, SOR/2004-274, s. 12]

Photographs

  •  (1) For the purposes of these Regulations, a photograph of an applicant must be in colour or in black and white and must

    • (a) show a full front-view of the applicant’s head and shoulders and have a plain background;

    • (b) have a view of the applicant’s head that is at least 30 mm (1.375 inches) in length;

    • (c) show the applicant’s face unobscured by sunglasses or any other object; and

    • (d) be signed on the back by the person who, in accordance with paragraph 3(1)(b), 8(b) or 9(1)(b) as the case may be, signs a statement in the application confirming that the photograph accurately identifies the applicant, together with both that person's and the applicant's name printed legibly on the back.

  • (2) An application that is made by an individual who, for religious reasons, cannot be photographed must be accompanied by

    • (a) a declaration, signed by the applicant, stating that the applicant cannot, for religious reasons, be photographed; and

    • (b) a declaration, signed by an individual who is of the same religion as the applicant and who is authorized under the laws of a province to solemnize marriages, stating that that religion prohibits the taking of photographs of its members and that the applicant is a member of that religion.

  • SOR/2004-274, s. 13

Conditions

 A chief firearms officer who issues a licence to an individual shall attach to it the condition that the individual shall report any changes in the individual’s name or address to a chief firearms officer within 30 days after the change.

Revocation

  •  (1) A chief firearms officer who issues a licence to an individual shall consider revoking it if the chief firearms officer becomes aware that the individual has been involved in an act of domestic violence or stalking.

  • (2) For greater certainty, if a licence is revoked, the holder of the licence may refer the matter to a provincial court judge under section 74 of the Act.

Certification by a Chief Firearms Officer

 For the purposes of paragraph 7(4)(a) of the Act, the circumstances are that the individual has continuously owned a firearm since January 1, 1979.

 For the purposes of paragraph 7(4)(a) of the Act, the following are the criteria relating to the safe handling and use of firearms and the laws relating to firearms:

  • (a) knowledge of

    • (i) the principles relating to the safe storage, display, handling, transportation and use of firearms that is equivalent to the knowledge of those principles that is required for the purposes of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course,

    • (ii) in the case of certification for the purpose of a licence authorizing an individual to possess restricted firearms, the principles relating to the safe storage, display, handling, transportation and use of restricted firearms that is equivalent to the knowledge of those principles that is required for the purposes of a restricted firearms safety course referred to in paragraph 7(2)(a) of the Act, and

    • (iii) the basic operation of common hunting or sporting firearms; and

  • (b) basic knowledge of the Acts of Parliament and of the legislature of the province in which the application is or will be made, and of the regulations made under those Acts, that relate to the use of firearms for hunting or sporting purposes and to the storage, display, handling and transportation of firearms by individuals.

Renewal of Licences

 For the purposes of subsection 67(1) of the Act, the manner in which a licence referred to in this Part is renewed is the same as the manner in which it can be issued.

  • SOR/2004-274, s. 14

PART 2Businesses

Issuance of Licences

  •  (1) A chief firearms officer of a province may issue licences referred to in this Part only to businesses that carry on business, and have a place of business, in the province.

  • (2) The Registrar may issue licences referred to in this Part only to carriers that carry on business in Canada.

  • SOR/2004-274, s. 15

Eligibility of Museums

 A museum is eligible to hold a licence only if

  • (a) the museum is incorporated by or under an Act of Parliament or of the legislature of a province;

  • (b) the museum is a non-profit organization;

  • (c) the museum is open to the public, or puts on demonstrations or displays for the public, on a regular basis;

  • (d) the museum or its curator is a member in good standing of a national or provincial museums association; and

  • (e) the museum is administered for purposes that include collecting, preserving, studying, interpreting, assembling and exhibiting to the public for its education and enjoyment objects and specimens of educational and cultural value, including artistic, scientific, historical and technological materials.

 
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