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Flare Gun Determined to be Restricted Firearm

Special Bulletin for Businesses No. 75

Snapshot

The Zoraki Model R1 double action blank firing revolver flare gun has been identified, based on criteria set out in the Criminal Code, as a restricted firearm.  All existing stock of these firearms must be registered immediately, and all future imports of these firearms will require registration.

Background

Zoraki Model R1 double action blank firing revolvers are made by ATAK Arms in Turkey. They are available in various finishes (black, chrome and nickel), very closely resemble a genuine firearm and are available for sale in Canada. They are being sold as a flare gun kit which includes a flare adapter and flares.  They can be used as a blank firing revolver if the owner chooses not to attach the flare adapter to the barrel.

The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) recently inspected one such revolver. Based on criteria set out in the Criminal Code, the inspection determined that this type of revolver is a restricted firearm because an identical frame is used in both the manufacturer’s flare gun and a genuine firearm.  A record (number 134161) for this type of firearm has been entered into the RCMP Firearms Reference Table (FRT).

Implications

  • For businesses with licences for restricted firearms:

Any existing stock of Zoraki Model R1 double action blank firing revolvers must be registered immediately. After registration, these firearms can legally be sold to clients who hold firearms licences with the required restricted privileges.

  • For businesses without licences for restricted firearms:

Any existing stock of Zoraki Model R1 double action blank firing revolvers must be disposed of immediately. The business should contact either the local police or the provincial Chief Firearms Officer to arrange for turning over of the firearms.   

For more information, please contact the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program.