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Amendments to Regulations Supporting the Firearms Act

Canadian Firearms Program

The following summarizes the key substantive changes to the regulations supporting the Firearms Act. The amendments are coming into force in stages to give affected businesses, individuals and public agencies time to develop or adjust appropriate procedures to comply.

Regulation Name:

Importation and Exportation of Firearms Regulations (Individuals)

(Only provisions applying to temporary imports by non-residents are currently in place.)

Effective or Anticipated In-Force Date: to be published in Canada Gazette (www.gazette.gc.ca)

Importation and Exportation of Firearms Regulations (Businesses)

Effective or Anticipated In-Force Date: to be published in Canada Gazette (www.gazette.gc.ca)

Firearms Marking Regulations

Effective or Anticipated In-Force Date: to be published in Canada Gazette (www.gazette.gc.ca)

Key Amendment
The regulations set out specific requirements for permanently stamping or engraving information of newly manufactured or newly imported firearms. They specify what markings will be required, the minimum size of the markings and where markings will need to be placed. There are exemptions for certain temporary imports, including firearms being “specially imported” by a licensed business or brought to Canada by a non-resident for lawful purposes.

Effect of Amendment
These are new regulations that enable Canada to meet its international obligations under the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials.