Before individuals can register their restricted firearms, they must have a firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). Individuals who are non-residents and do not have a PAL should refer to the section for non-residents for other options.
On April 5, 2012, Bill C-19, the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act, came into effect. The key changes are as follows:
Until further notice, due to a Court Order issued by the Quebec Superior Court, residents of Quebec are still required to register non-restricted firearms with the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program (CFP).
It is important to note that the new law does not change the requirement for all individuals to hold a licence in order to possess a firearm. The licensing, safety training and safe storage requirements for anyone who uses or owns a firearm continue to be in force.
The legislation also does not impact registration requirements for restricted or prohibited firearms.
Use this application to register restricted firearms that have never been registered in Canada (for example, new imports) and to re-register firearms that were registered to an individual under the former law (prior to December 1, 1998).
Before individuals can register restricted firearms, they must have a firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). If they are a non-resident and do not have a PAL, refer to the section for non-residents for other options.
Before restricted or prohibited firearms are registered, they must also be verified by an approved verifier, provided:
Individuals may call 1-800-731-4000 for help to verify a firearm.
When registering online, individuals will be required to give their firearms licence number and other personal identification information. They will also need to provide the verifier's name and identification number, the date the firearm was verified, and the firearms reference table (FRT) number provided by the verifier.
If after reviewing the following information, individuals cannot determine the class of their firearm, they should call 1-800-731-4000 and ask to speak with a firearms technician.
The three classes of firearms are:
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