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Halton Police

Firearms

The Halton Regional Police Service Firearms Unit is responsible for firearms licensing, legislative compliance investigations, the examination and certification of firearms, and the destruction of firearms that have been turned over to police for disposal or ordered by the courts to be destroyed.

Two HRPS members represent the Chief Firearms Office, one as a Provincial Firearms Officer, the other as an Area Firearms Officer. One Service member acts as a firearms analyst and in-house resource for both officers and members of the public.

Expert testimony relating to firearms and licencing issues is also provided in court by the Firearms Unit.

To learn more about firearms licensing, and the federal firearms amnesty program, contact the Canadian Firearms Centre at 1-800-731-4000 or visit http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/index-eng.htm.

Legislation and Licences

The possession of a firearm is regulated by the Criminal Code of Canada.

A licence is an individual’s authorization to possess and register a firearm and obtain ammunition. The firearms licence must be kept current for as long as the individual is in possession/ownership of the firearm.

Applications for a firearms licence can be obtained online at the Canadian Firearms Centre or by calling 1-800-731-4000.

The Possession and Acquisition License (P.A.L.) is the only licence currently available to new applicants. It is renewable every five years.

A non-resident of Canada can obtain a non-resident firearms declaration that has been confirmed by a customs officer. It is deemed to be a temporary licence for up to 60 days.

A minor's licence for individuals aged 12 to 17 years, enable a young person to borrow a non-restricted rifle or shotgun for approved purposes such as hunting or target shooting. These young individuals are under the supervision of a licensed (P.A.L.) adult.

Storage

Non-Restricted Firearms

  • Unloaded, and
  • Rendered inoperable by a secure locking device (trigger lock or cable lock), or
  • Remove bolt or bolt carrier, or
  • Stored in a secure container, receptacle or room that is securely locked and constructed so that it cannot readily be broken open or into

Restricted Firearms

  • Unloaded, and
  • Rendered inoperable by a secure locking device (trigger lock or cable lock), and
  • Stored in a secure container, receptacle or room that is securely locked and constructed so that it cannot readily be broken open or into, or
  • Stored in a vault, safe or room that has been specifically constructed or modified for the secure storage of restricted firearms and kept securely locked

Ammunition

Is not readily accessible to ammunition, unless the ammunition is stored together with or separately from the firearms in a container or receptacle that is kept securely locked and that is constructed so that it cannot readily be broken open or into.

For more information regarding the storage, display, transportation and handling of firearms legislation, call 1-800-731-4000 or visit the Canadian Firearms Centre.