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XRAIL System identified as a prohibited device

Special Business Bulletin No. 78

January 06, 2012

Snapshot

The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program has recently identified the XRAIL System magazine extender for shotguns as a prohibited device.

Background

The maximum capacity of a cartridge magazine is set out in Part 4 of the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited or Restricted.  The Regulations prescribe “prohibited devices”, and a magazine that has a capacity which exceeds the maximum-permitted capacity is a prohibited device.

The XRAIL System magazine extender, which can be attached to semiautomatic shotguns, increases the magazine capacity to 22 cartridges (standard version) or 14 cartridges (compact version) which is more than the maximum-allowed capacity of five cartridges.

Implications

This is a public safety concern because these devices may inadvertently be acquired by Canadian businesses or individuals.

Businesses may be in possession of certain prohibited devices if appropriately licensed.  However, individuals may not possess prohibited devices.

Businesses not licensed to possess prohibited devices that have the XRAIL System magazine extender in their possession must surrender or dispose of them through either the local police or their provincial/territorial Chief Firearms Officer.  Failure to surrender or dispose of a prohibited device which one is not authorized to possess can lead to charges under the Criminal Code. This also applies to all individuals.

For further information on how to lawfully and safely surrender or dispose of these devices, the local police or the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program should be contacted. The CFP toll-free number is 1-800-731-4000.

This bulletin is intended to provide general information only. For legal references, please refer to the Firearms Act, the Criminal Code and associated Regulations. Provincial, territorial and municipal laws, regulations and policies may also apply.

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