July 31, 2015 11:03 PM - General - Legal - Federal and Provincial
Harper Government amends firearms classification regulations
OTTAWA, July 31, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, announced the
Harper Government has amended the firearms classification regulations to
prescribe Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) 858 rifles and certain Swiss Arms family of
firearms as "restricted" or "non-restricted" as they were treated prior to
February 26, 2014.
Through these amendments, possession of the CZ 858 rifle and certain Swiss
Arms family of firearms will be governed by the same rules as those
applicable to non-restricted and restricted firearms in Canada. The Harper
Government supports a firearms control system that encourages compliance and
reduces the administrative burden on law-abiding firearms owners while
maintaining safety for Canadian communities.
These changes provide certainty for firearms owners who purchased a CZ 858
Tactical 2 or 4 rifle or certain Swiss Arms family of firearms in good
faith, that they will not face any criminal consequences.
Information about how such firearms must be stored, transported or displayed
is available via the Canadian Firearms Program.
"Following the February 2014 reclassification of the CZ 858 rifles and Swiss
Arms family of firearms, our Government committed to take action to ensure
that the property rights of affected individuals were restored. These
changes honour that commitment, our government will always stand-up for
law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters." - The Honourable Steven
Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
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SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
For further information: Etienne Rainville, Press Secretary, Office of
Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 613-991-2924;
Media Relations, Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, firstname.lastname@example.org