CANADIAN GUN LAWS

Firearms control in Canada is regulated by the Firearms Act, the subordinate regulations, and criminal code.  Criminal code has a good definition of the main categories of the firearms found in Canada. They include prohibited non- restricted and restricted firearms.  A person must have a valid firearm license to be in a place to transport, have and store a firearm in Canada. The Firearms Act regulates the possession, storage, and transportation of the firearms within Canada.  Canadian gun law has the licensing and the registration need for the possession and acquisition of the firearms. The requirements are usually administered by Royal Canadian Mounted Police through Canadian firearms program.  To qualify for a firearm license, one has to pass a test. The applicant must also undergo the background checks which involve the testing of mental health, domestic violent records, and the addiction.  At the federal level, the firearms are regulated by part III of the criminal code and Firearms Act.  However, provinces, territories, and municipalities have added laws that may apply. Ordinary shotguns and rifles that are used for hunting are good examples of non-restricted guns. Some of the military shotguns and rifles are prohibited.    The prohibited guns include the 32 and the 25 caliber handguns that have a length of 105mm or even shorter. Other examples of prohibited guns are some military rifles like AK47, converted automatics, and fully automatic firearms. Restricted guns include handguns and semi-automatic long guns. 

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