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Flare Gun Determined to be Restricted Firearm

Special Bulletin for Police No. 80

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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. Individuals and business in possession of this firearm must either register the firearm, providing they are licensed to do so, or surrender the firearm to law enforcement agencies.

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 genuine firearm.  A record (number 134161) for this type of firearm has been entered into the RCMP Firearms Reference Table (FRT).

Implications for Individual Firearm Owners

For individuals who are currently in possession of the flare gun, the following options are available:

  • Individuals who have a firearms licence with restricted privileges must register the firearm.
  • Individuals who are not licensed to possess firearms are in unlawful possession of a restricted firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Individuals who must surrender or dispose of these flare guns should contact either the local police or the provincial Chief Firearms Office immediately to make the necessary arrangements.

Implications for Firearm Businesses

  • For businesses with licences for restricted firearms:

Any existing stock of Zoraki Model R1 double action blank firing revolvers must be registered immediately.  Following registration, these firearms can legally be sold to clients who are licensed to possess restricted firearms.

  • For businesses without licences for restricted firearms:

Any existing stock of Zoraki Model R1 double action blank firing revolvers must be turned in or disposed of immediately. The business should contact either the local police or the provincial Chief Firearms Officer to make the necessary arrangements.  

Implications for Police
If your police service is contacted by a Zoraki owner:

  • If the individual or business is licensed to possess restricted firearms, direct them to register the firearm by contacting the CFP (1-800-731-4000).
  • If the individual or business is NOT licensed to possess restricted firearms, direct them to turn in the firearm in accordance with your local procedures.
  • A notice has been sent to all Canadian businesses licensed to sell firearms.  There may be other businesses in your jurisdiction selling the flare gun (eg sporting good stores), unaware of the recent change.

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

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