Safe Storage and Display of Firearms

The following two bulletins were received from the Canadian Firearms Centre. They explain how firearms must be safely stored and displayed under the new Firearms Act (Bill C-68) which will come into effect on October 1, 1998.

This is the 11th in a series of bulletins that the Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC) will be publishing approximately every two weeks until 2003. The CFC is the group of federal and provincial/territorial partners charged with implementing the Firearms Act. The purpose of the bulletin is to provide basic information on specific areas of the Act and how it applies to you. It is available in French, English and Inuktitut. The Firearms Act will come into effect on October 1, 1998.

Here's the Law: Safe Display of Firearms

Most requirements for the safe display of firearms by individuals will not change under the Firearms Act. As before, all firearms must be displayed unloaded. When displaying a non-restricted firearm, at home or elsewhere, attach a suitable, secure locking device (i.e. trigger lock, cable lock) to it so it cannot be fired. Or, display it in a secure container or room that cannot be easily broken into. When displaying your restricted or prohibited firearm in your home, attach a suitable, secure locking device (i.e. trigger lock, cable lock) to it so it and attach the firearm securely to a permanent structure. When displaying your automatic firearm, either at home or elsewhere, remove the bolt or bolt-carrier (if it is removable) and store it in a separate, securely locked room that cannot be easily broken into. When displaying your restricted or prohibited firearm in a place other than your home, attach it securely to a permanent structure by a chain or similar device. Attach a suitable, secure locking device (i.e. trigger lock, cable lock) to all prohibited firearms. You may remove restricted and prohibited firearms from a display to allow someone else to handle them if under your direct and immediate supervision only.

Here's the Law: Safe Display and Ammunition

Most requirements for displaying your firearm with its ammunition will not change under the Firearms Act. When displaying either your non-restricted, restricted, or prohibited firearm, keep its ammunition completely separate from the display and not easily obtained to load the firearm. You may display ammunition with your firearm only when displaying your restricted or prohibited firearm away from home. In this case, you must keep the ammunition in a securely locked container that cannot be easily broken into.

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Here's the Law: Safe Storage of Firearms

Most requirements for the safe storage of firearms will not change under the Firearms Act. As always, store all firearms unloaded. When storing your non-restricted firearm, either attach a suitable, secure locking device (i.e. trigger lock, cable lock) to it so it cannot be fired, or remove its bolt or bolt-carrier (if it is removable). Or, store your non-restricted firearm in a securely locked container or room that cannot be easily broken into. If you use your non-restricted firearm for predator control (in areas where it is legal to discharge a firearm) you only have to store it unloaded. When storing your restricted or prohibited firearm, attach a suitable, secure locking device (i.e. trigger lock, cable lock) to it so it cannot be fired and store it in a securely locked container or room that cannot be easily broken into. Or store it in a vault, safe or room built or adapted to store these firearms. When storing your automatic firearm, remove the bolt or bolt-carrier (if it is removable) and store it in a separate, securely locked room that cannot be easily broken into. If your automatic firearm is stored in a vault, safe, or room built or adapted for the safe storage of these firearms, the bolt and/or bolt-carrier need not be removed.

Here's the Law: Safe Storage and Ammunition

As is the case for storing firearms, most requirements for the safe storage of ammunition will not change under the Firearms Act. Store all ammunition separately from your firearm. You do not have to lock up your ammunition, but make sure that it cannot be easily obtained to load the firearm. You may store ammunition with your non-restricted, restricted or prohibited firearm if you store the firearm in a securely locked container that cannot be easily broken into. You also may store ammunition with your restricted or prohibited firearm if you store the firearm in a vault, safe or room built or adapted for the secure storage of restricted or prohibited firearms.

Like More Information?

If you would like more information, want to be added to our distribution list for CFC publications, or if you have any questions about the Firearms Act and its regulations, call our toll-free number at 1-800-731-4000, send us an e-mail at canadian.firearms@justice.x400.gc.ca, fax us at 613-941-1991, or write to us at Communications Group, Canadian Firearms Centre, 284 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8. Information is also available on our website at http://canada.justice.gc.ca. Where possible we would prefer to send documents electronically, so please indicate if you have access to e-mail or a fax machine. Also please indicate your preferred language, either English or French.


This article was taken from pages 8-10 of NOTO's "The Outfitter" publication, February 1998 Issue

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