Inheriting and/or disposing of firearms
The RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) provides instructions if you inherit a firearm you do not wish to keep, or if you have a firearm you no longer want. In these circumstances, you have the following options:
- Sell or give the firearm to any individual, museum or business with a licence to acquire that particular type of firearm through the official transfer process; or
- Export it to a country that allows it. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development (1-800-267-8376) can provide information on export permit requirements. For restricted or prohibited firearms, an Authorization to Transport (ATT) is required and can be obtained from the provincial or territorial CFO; or
- Have the firearm permanently deactivated by a gunsmith so it no longer meets the definition of a firearm and is therefore exempted from the requirements of the Firearms Act; or
- Surrender the firearm to a police officer or a firearms officer for disposal. These authorities must be contacted beforehand.
If you inherit or receive a firearm you want to keep, but do not currently have the proper licences, visit the CFP’s website for detailed information and instructions.
For more information, please contact:
Communications/Media Program Coordinator
(613) 739-1535 (ext. 228)
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