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Public Safety Canada

May 14, 2008 14:41 ET

Minister Day Announces Measures to Enhance Public Safety and Firearms Control

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced changes to the Canadian Firearms Program as part of the Government of Canada's action plan aimed at bolstering public safety and effective firearms control.

The changes will encourage compliance among firearms owners, and also ease administrative requirements for lawful firearms owners. The changes are:

- Extending by one year the current fee waiver for firearms licence renewals or upgrades;

- Extending by one year an amnesty which allows individuals with expired licences or in possession of unregistered non-restricted firearms to take steps to bring themselves into compliance; and

- Allowing eligible holders of expired Possession-Only Licences (POL) to apply for a new POL within a year.

These three measures will be in effect until May 16, 2009.

"Our Government is committed to effective gun control and tackling the criminal misuse of firearms," stated Minister Day. "We believe in targeting criminals, not duck hunters and farmers."

Currently, nearly 100,000 Possession-Only Licences have expired, and this number continues to increase. Today's announcement addresses this issue, by amending regulations enacted by the previous government which stipulated that licences could not be renewed after expiry.

"Effective gun control requires high levels of compliance," said Minister Day. "These measures are designed to facilitate that compliance."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations