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Inherited Firearms

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I have recently inherited a firearm. What do I need to do to be able to have it?

If you are 18 or older, the information you need is in the “Inherited firearms” fact sheet.

If you are younger than 18, you cannot acquire a firearm, including as a gift or inheritance. The firearm may be transferred and registered to a suitably licensed adult, and then transferred and registered to you once you have turned 18 and have obtained a Possession and Acquisition Licence.

Q. I am the executor of an estate with firearms. What are my responsibilities under the Firearms Act?

The “Inherited firearms” fact sheet provides the main requirements on what executors need to do with the firearms, and what heirs need to do to be able to acquire firearms they have inherited. If you need more information, please call 1 800 731-4000.