Firearms Marking Regulations
P.C. 2004-1435 2004-11-29
Whereas, pursuant to section 118 of the Firearms ActFootnote a, the Solicitor General of Canada had the proposed Firearms Marking Regulations laid before each House of Parliament on June 13, 2003, which date is at least 30 sitting days before the date of this Order;
Return to footnote aS.C. 1995, c. 39
And whereas subsection 119(1) of the Firearms Acta provides that no proposed regulation that has been laid pursuant to section 118 of that Act need again be laid, whether or not it has been altered;
Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Solicitor General of Canada, pursuant to section 117Footnote b of the Firearms Acta, hereby makes the annexed Firearms Marking Regulations.
Return to footnote bS.C. 2003, c. 8, s. 54
1 (1) The following definitions apply in these Regulations.
Act means the Firearms Act. (Loi)
- specially imported firearm
specially imported firearm means a firearm imported on a temporary basis by a business that holds a firearms licence, as a good under tariff item No. 9993.00.00 of the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Customs Tariff. (arme à feu d’importation spéciale)
(2) In these Regulations, agency firearm, protected firearm, public agent and public service agency have the same meaning as in section 1 of the Public Agents Firearms Regulations.
(3) For greater certainty, in these Regulations, transfer means transfer as defined in subsection 84(1) of the Criminal Code.
Marking of Manufactured Firearms
2 Every individual or business that manufactures a firearm shall ensure that the firearm is marked, at the time of manufacture, in accordance with section 4.
Marking of Imported Firearms
3 (1) Every individual, business or public service agency that imports a firearm shall ensure that the firearm is marked in accordance with section 4 before the 60th day after its release as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Act or before transferring the firearm, whichever occurs first.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to
(a) a firearm imported by an individual under section 35 or 35.1 of the Act;
(b) a specially imported firearm;
(c) a protected firearm;
(d) a firearm that was initially exported from Canada by an individual or business if the individual or business retained ownership of the firearm while the firearm was outside Canada; or
(e) a firearm that was initially exported from Canada by a public service agency and that was retained by that agency as an agency firearm while the firearm was outside Canada.
Manner of Marking
4 (1) The firearm shall be marked by permanently stamping or engraving on the firearms’s frame or receiver the word “Canada” or the letters “CA” and
(a) in the case of a manufactured firearm, the name of the manufacturer and the firearm’s serial number; and
(b) in the case of an imported firearm, the last two digits of the year of the importation.
(2) The markings shall
(a) be legible;
(b) have a depth of at least 0.076 mm and a height of at least 1.58 mm; and
(c) subject to subsection (3), be visible without the need to disassemble the firearm.
(3) In the case of an imported firearm, the Registrar, on application by the individual, business or public service agency that is importing it, shall grant the applicant an exemption from the requirement set out in paragraph (2)(c) if
(a) marking the firearm in a place that is visible only by disassembling the firearm is consistent with the current practices of the manufacturer of that model of firearm;
(b) the firearm does not provide a visible space suitable to stamp or engrave the markings;
(c) the firearm is rare;
(d) the firearm is of a value that is unusually high for that type of firearm and that value would be significantly reduced if the markings were visible without disassembly; or
(e) the firearm is imported by a business that holds a licence for the purpose of using the firearm in respect of motion picture, television, video or theatrical productions or in publishing activities.
Tampering with Markings
5 (1) No person shall knowingly remove, alter, obliterate or deface a marking on a firearm.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a public agent acting in the course of their duties or for the purposes of their employment.
Coming into Force
6 These Regulations come into force on December 1, 2023.
- SOR/2005-242, s. 1
- SOR/2007-266, s. 1
- SOR/2009-313, s. 1
- SOR/2010-276, s. 1
- SOR/2012-251, s. 1
- SOR/2013-203, s. 1
- SOR/2015-195, s. 1
- SOR/2017-88, s. 1
- SOR/2018-239, s. 1
- SOR/2020-254, s. 1
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