Originally Posted by Canoe stream
Interesting point of view anyway. Avoid personal defense and bear sprays if you're heading to Canada -- verboten.
The above is a misleading statement. The facts are;
Firearm Users Visiting Canada
The Canada Border Services Agency is responsible for controlling items brought into Canada. However, here is some basic information if you wish to bring a firearm or other item regulated by the Firearms Act
The Firearms Act
is a federal law and applies all across the country. Provinces may have additional requirements, especially with respect to hunting.
You must be at least 18 years old to bring a firearm into Canada. If you are younger than 18
, you may use a firearm in certain circumstances, but an adult must remain responsible for the firearm.
If you have been convicted of anything considered a criminal offence in Canada, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will need to get approval of rehabilitation
or a temporary immigration permit
from Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration before you can enter Canada. Contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for more information
Classes of Firearms and Devices
There are three classes of firearms in Canada:
- Non-restricted (most common rifles and shotguns): These may generally be imported for purposes such as hunting, protection from wild animals in remote wilderness areas where firearms are allowed, or target-shooting. They may also be taken in transit through Canada by a reasonably direct route.
- Restricted: These are allowed for certain purposes, such as target shooting at an approved club or range, but they are not allowed for hunting or self-protection.
- Prohibited: You cannot bring a prohibited firearm into Canada.
Some firearms are classified as restricted or prohibited under the Criminal Code
based on their general characteristics (e.g. barrel length or calibre); other restricted and prohibited firearms are specified by name in Criminal Code Regulations
Some large-capacity magazines are prohibited even if the firearms to which the magazines are attached are allowed. As a general rule, the maximum capacity is:
- five cartridges for most magazines designed for a centre fire semi-automatic long gun; and
- ten cartridges for most handgun magazines.
There is no maximum magazine capacity for other types of long guns, including semi-automatics that discharge only rim-fire ammunition.