Firearms Safety and Firearms Licence
Canadian Firearms Licence
A firearms licence shows that the licence holder can possess and use firearms.
The Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) is the only licence currently available to new applicants. It is renewable every five years. As a general rule, applicants must have passed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.
For more information, please check out the RCMP website here and here.
Canadian Firearms Safety Course
Canadian law separates guns into three different categories: non-restricted, restricted and prohibited. A licence, obtained through a process that includes background checks and safety training, is needed to own any type of gun in Canada.
Anyone in Canada wanting to acquire a firearm must take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass the written and practical tests.
There are two courses for firearms safety.
- Non-restricted: Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) is an introductory course for anyone (including minors) who want to own non-restricted firearms.
- Restricted: Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) is an introductory course for anyone over the age of 18 who wants to own restricted firearms.
More information can be found on the RCMP website here.
Topics of these courses are:
evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions
basic firearms safety practices
operating handgun actions
firing techniques and procedures for handguns
care of restricted firearms
responsibilities of the firearms owner/user
safe storage, display, transportation and handling of restricted firearms
There are some exceptions and special regulation for different provinces in place.
If you passed the CFSC before February 1999 you have also passed the CRFSC by default. You can apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence without taking the course again.
It is not our clubs mandate to teach basics of firearms safety or to prepare you for these courses and test. But of course, we as a sport shooting club are always here to support and help.
The Vital Four ACTS of Firearm Safety
We expect any club member, but also any shooter and any visitor of the firearms range to fully understand and comply with the rules and regulations of Firearms Safety.
The Vital Four ACTS of Firearm Safety is part of this basic knowledge. It is always a good idea to refresh your memory from time to time on this topic.
The Vital Four ACTS of Firearm Safety
Assume every firearm is loaded.
• Regard any firearm as a potential danger
Control the muzzle direction at all times.
• Identify the safest available muzzle direction.
• Keep the firearm pointed in the safest available direction.
• The muzzle of a firearm should not be pointed towards yourself or any other person.
Trigger finger must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard.
• Do NOT put your finger on the trigger or inside the trigger guard when you pick up a firearm.
See that the firearm is unloaded - PROVE it safe.
• Do not handle the firearm unless you can properly PROVE it safe.
• Check to see that both chamber and magazine are empty. Do this every time you handle a firearm, for any reason.
• Pass or accept only open and unloaded firearms. It is an essential rule to adopt.
This was taken from the Canadian Firearms Safety Course Manual.
Here you can download the CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE MANUAL
How does a gun and a bullet work?
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A part of knowing about firearms safety implies that you have knowledge about how your firearm works.
Learn the Mechanical and Handling Characteristics of the Firearm you are Using.
Maybe the following videos may be a little help to grasp a basic understanding.
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Have a look at these YouTube videos and learn how guns and bullets work:
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