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Zoraki 914 and 925 Blank Firing Guns

Special Bulletin for Police No. 81

June 23, 2011

Snapshot

The Zoraki Models 914 and 925 blank firing pistols have been identified, based on criteria set out in the Criminal Code, as prohibited firearms. Businesses in possession of either firearm must register the firearm, providing they are licensed to do so, or surrender the firearm to law enforcement agencies. Individuals have no option but to surrender the firearm.

Background

Zoraki Model 914 and 925 blank firing pistols are made by ATAK Arms in Turkey. They are available in various finishes (black, chrome and nickel), closely resemble a genuine firearm and are available for sale in Canada. They are being sold as blank firing pistols but can also fire tear gas and flares (with a muzzle adaptor).

The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) recently inspected samples of the pistols. Based on criteria set out in the Criminal Code, the inspection determined that these types of pistols are prohibited firearms because an identical frame is used in both the manufacturer’s blank firing gun and genuine firearm.  Records (numbers 134699, 136156 & 135297) for these types of firearm have been entered into the RCMP Firearms Reference Table (FRT).

Implications for Individual Firearm Owners

Individuals who are currently in possession of either blank firing pistol must surrender or dispose of these blank firing guns by contacting either the local police or the provincial Chief Firearms Officer immediately to make the necessary arrangements.

Implications for Firearm Businesses

For businesses with licences for prohibited firearms:

Any existing stock of Zoraki Models 914 and 925 blank firing pistols must be registered immediately.  Following registration, these firearms can legally be sold to public agencies or other businesses who are licensed to possess prohibited firearms.

For businesses without licences for prohibited firearms:

Any existing stock of Zoraki Models 914 and 925 blank firing pistols must be turned in or disposed of immediately. Businesses 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 business is licensed to possess prohibited firearms, direct them to register the firearm by contacting the CFP (1-800-731-4000).

In the case of an individual, or a business that is NOT licensed to possess prohibited 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 blank firing gun (eg sporting good stores), unaware of the recent change.

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

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