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BB Gun Determined to be Prohibited Firearm

Special Bulletin for Police No. 82

October 24, 2011

Snapshot

BB guns with model numbers FX18HB c.4.5. air rifle (full stock) and FX18IIHB c.4.5. air rifle (folding stock) have been identified, based on criteria set out in the Criminal Code, as prohibited firearms. Businesses in possession of these BB guns must register them, provided they are licensed to do so, or surrender them to law enforcement agencies. Individuals have no option but to surrender or dispose of the firearm.

Background

The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) inspected these BB guns. Based on criteria set out in the Criminal Code, the inspection determined that these are prohibited firearms because these BB guns were manufactured with authentic frame and receiver from the Chinese Type-56 version of the AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle.

Implications for Individual Firearm Owners

Individuals who are currently in possession of these firearms must surrender or dispose of them by contacting either the local police or the Chief Firearms Officer immediately to make the necessary arrangements.

Implications for Firearm Businesses

For businesses with licences for prohibited firearms:

Any existing inventory of these BB guns must be registered immediately.  Following registration, these firearms can legally be sold to public agencies or other businesses that are licensed to possess prohibited firearms.

For businesses without licences for prohibited firearms:

Any existing inventory must be surrendered or disposed of immediately. Businesses should contact either the local police or the Chief Firearms Officer immediately to make the necessary arrangements.

Implications for Police

If your police service is contacted by an 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 surrender 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 these BB guns that are unaware of the recent change.

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