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Public Safety Canada

April 11, 2007 12:49 ET

Public Safety Canada: Proposal for Firearms Amnesty

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada is seeking comments on a proposal to extend the firearms amnesty for one more year.

An Amending Order, pursuant to Subsection 117.14(1) of the Criminal Code was pre-published in the Canada Gazette Saturday April 7, 2007. The public can comment on the proposed amnesty until April 21, 2007.

If approved, the extension would be in effect until May 16, 2008 and would provide an additional period for non-restricted firearm owners to become compliant with licensing and registration requirements. The current amnesty expires on May 16, 2007.

The Firearms Act, which has been in place since 1995, and the Criminal Code require that all firearms owners be licensed and all firearms be registered. According to the current law, in order to legally retain firearms, owners must hold both a valid licence and a registration certificate for those firearms.

An online version of the Canada Gazette is available at:
http://canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2007/20070407/html/regle3-e.html

For more information, please visit the website www.PublicSafety.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 991-0657
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    (613) 991-2863