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XRAIL System identified as a prohibited device

Special Bulletin for Police No. 83

January 06, 2012

Snapshot

The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program has recently identified the XRAIL System magazine extender for shotguns as a prohibited device. Businesses may be in possession of these devices, provided they are licensed to possess prohibited devices, while individuals must surrender or dispose of them.

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 for Individual Firearm Owners

Individuals who are currently in possession of these devices must surrender or dispose of them by contacting either the local police or their provincial/territorial Chief Firearms Officer to make the necessary arrangements.  Failure to surrender or dispose of a prohibited device is an offence under the Criminal Code.

Implications for Firearm Businesses

For businesses with licences for prohibited devices:

No implication

For businesses without licences for prohibited devices:

Any existing inventory must be surrendered or disposed of immediately. Businesses should contact either the local police or Chief Firearms Officer to make the necessary arrangements.  Failure to surrender or dispose of a prohibited device for which the business is not licensed is an offence under the Criminal Code.

Implications for Police

If a police service is contacted by an owner:

In the case of an individual or a business that is NOT licensed to possess prohibited devices, they should be directed to surrender the device in accordance with local procedures.

A notice has been sent to all Canadian businesses licensed to sell firearms.  There may be other businesses in the police service’s jurisdiction selling these devices that are unaware of this information.

For more information, the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program should be contacted.

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