Firearms and Freedom-Related News for the week ending May 21, 2022

CSSA: How do the New Firearm Regulations Affect You?

MAY 18, 2022

New regulations effective May 18, 2022, require licensed firearm sellers to verify the buyer’s Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) and obtain permission from the RCMP Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC) before transferring one or more non-restricted firearms to the buyer.

  • As of May 18th, 2022, the Seller of a firearm MUST obtain a reference number from the CFC before a firearm is transferred to its buyer.

To obtain this reference number, you must:

  • Contact the CFC via 1-800-731-4000, or
  • Use the online portal for individuals if you are an individual, or
  • Use the online portal for businesses if you are transferring a firearm from a business to another business or to an individual

Both portals will operate 24×7, and are accessible through the RCMP’s Firearms Website:

  • Individual Web Services portal
  • Business Web Services portal

The transfer Reference Number is valid for 90 days and is valid for all non-restricted firearms transferred from the seller to the buyer.

The transferor (the seller) requires a separate transfer Reference Number for each buyer.

The date of transfer or physical possession is the day the transferee (the buyer) takes possession of the firearm from the transferor (the seller) OR the date the transferor places the firearm in possession of a licensed shipping company.

Read the rest of this CSSA Commentary here:


Quebec Wants Stricter Federal Gun Laws More Than Any Other Province

May 20, 2022

Gun violence has been on the rise throughout many Canadian cities, Montreal being no exception. So much so that Mayor Valérie Plante has warned about Montreal turning into an “American-style society,” when it comes to gun violence.

The SPVM and Quebec police have announced various initiatives in recent months and say they are making strides to combat gun violence and trafficking in Montreal. But for some people there are concerns about the laws surrounding handgun ownership and whether or not the federal policies currently in place are strict enough.

In a recent Angus Reid Institute study, that three in five Canadians say that gun violence is on the rise in their province, with Quebec perceiving this to be the case the most.

When asked, “based on whatever you know and on your own impressions, would you say, the current gun laws in Canada are too strict, not strict enough, or about right?” Quebec took the lead of all Canadian provinces with 61% saying that the current gun laws in Canada are “not strict enough.”



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