Firearms Prohibition Notice

The following is an email received by WRPC, as a holder of a firearms business license. It was sent from the Canadian Firearms Program.

From CFP-PCAF  May 1, 2020

Email to all business licence holders:                                        

Announcement of Firearms Prohibition

As you may know, on May 1, 2020, the Government of Canada amended the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited or Restricted (commonly referred to as the Classification Regulations). These amendments have the effect of reclassifying the following as prohibited firearms and devices:

·         nine (9) types of firearms, by make and model, and their variants;

o   M16, AR-10, AR-15 rifles and M4 carbine;

o   Ruger Mini-14 rifle;

o   M14 rifle;

o   Vz58 rifle;

o   Robinson Armament XCR rifle;

o   CZ Scorpion EVO 3 carbine and pistol;

o   Beretta CX4 Storm carbine;

o   SIG Sauer SIG MCX and SIG Sauer SIG MPX carbine and pistol; and,

o   Swiss Arms Classic Green and Four Seasons series (as specified in former Bill C-71: An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms).

·         firearms with a bore of 20 mm or greater and those firearms capable of discharging a projectile with a muzzle energy greater than 10,000 Joules; and

·         the upper receivers of M16, AR-10, AR-15 and M4 pattern firearms.

An Amnesty Order, expiring April 30, 2022, has also been issued by the Government of Canada. This Order protects business owners from criminal liability for unlawful possession of a newly prohibited firearm if those business owners were previously in lawful possession of one or more of the newly prohibited firearms or prohibited devices on the day the amendments to the Classification Regulations came into force. This will allow business owners the time to come into compliance with the law.

This announcement may impact your business as you may have these newly prohibited firearms/devices in your inventory. While awaiting further details on the buy-back program, every effort should be made to return the inventory back to the manufacturer. Please note:

·         They may no longer be sold to individuals. 

·         They can be transferred to another business with the appropriate licence privileges.

·         If firearms are taken on consignment, they must be returned to the owner.

·         If the appropriate activity and conditions are attached to the business licence for prohibited firearms, the business can act as an agent for export or deactivation for an individual or other business.

Businesses that are licensed to possess prohibited firearms will maintain this privilege but should familiarize themselves with the list of newly prohibited firearms and devices found at http://canadagazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2020/2020-05-01-x3/pdf/g2-154×3.pdf.

Should you require further information on the announcement, please refer to the Public Safety Canada website at https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/cntrng-crm/frrms/index-en.aspx, or the Canadian Firearms Program website at https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms/need-know-the-government-canadas-new-prohibition-certain-firearms-and-devices.

Canadian Firearms Program

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms
Tel: 1-800-731-4000 (toll free)

Changes to Scheduled Range Activities

In order to comply with the public health directives related to preventing the spread of COVID-19, all activities, where physical distancing cannot be achieved, are now cancelled . Updates will be made to this page as the situation evolves.

Canadian Firearms Safety Courses – Suspended (effective March 17, 2020). No courses will be scheduled until public health measures permit.

Youth Air Rifle Program – Cancelled as of March 17, 2020

Indoor Range Winter Season – Closed as of March 16, 2020

Annual General Meeting Postponed – Originally scheduled for April 2, 2020

Spring Swap Meet Cancelled – Originally scheduled for April 6, 2020 –

Indoor Range now closed

Effective immediately, Wednesday March 18, 2020, at 1:30 PM, the indoor range is now closed. No shooting activities will be conducted in the indoor range until further notice.

Access to the indoor range normally concludes at the end of March, however; the declaration of a public health emergency today by the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health has directed that all indoor public recreational facilities be closed immediately in response to the mitigation strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic.

CANCELLATION of Firearms Safety CourseS

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course, originally scheduled for this weekend March 21 & 22, 2020 is cancelled. Registered participants will be contacted by phone.

No additional courses will be scheduled as long as the local public health measures, that are currently in place to control the transmission of COVID-19, are in effect.

The public health direction requiring social distancing of at least one metre cannot be achieved in this particular teaching environment. This places all participants at risk for acquiring this new respiratory disease. It is for this reason that we must cancel this program for the time being.