Federal government extends amnesty order on handguns

The Canada Firearms Centre has issued a notice to the legal profession that an amnesty order for businesses and individuals as to their compliance with new requirements on handguns under the Firearms Act or section 22 of the Firearms Licences regulations has been extended from December 31, 2003 to December 31, 2005.

The intent of the amnesty is to protect affected businesses or individuals from penalties for possessing certain prohibited handguns without a valid licence or registration certificate while they dispose of those handguns or become eligible to keep them as a result of legislative and regulatory amendments. The notice also states that a number of regulations under the Firearms Act, scheduled to come into force on January 1, 2004, will be deferred to January 1, 2005.

For details, see "What's new" on the Canada Firearms Centre website at www.cfc-ccaf.gc.ca.