Originally posted by nULL:
[qb] what exactly is involved with the registration process? is it merely informing the authorities of the number and type of guns you have and ensuring they are stored properly? [/qb]
Well this is a bit more complicated as that. As a new firearms owner i know i bit on this topic. First you need your licence in order to legally aquire or posses any firearms or ammunition. To get my license I had to take the Canadian Firearms Saftey Course on both non-restricted (most rifles and shotguns) and restricted (handguns) firearms. This was no big deal and was approximately 60 bucks. Then I mailed my test results, references, a photo and another 80 bucks away to New Brunswick to get my PAL (Possession and Aquisition License). Another option could be to get a POL (possession only license) in order to legally buy ammo and retain the registered firearms you own, but not aquire new ones. So After approximately 2 months I recieved my PAL. For my first legal firearm, I bought a U22 Neos. This falls into the Restricted class of firearms as it is a handgun. In order to purchase a restricted firearm, like a handgun for target shooting purposes, you must be a member of a recognized shooting club. Then just go to the store and put the money down on the gun you want. The store then calls the CFC (canadian firearms center) and initiates the transfer of the handgun to you. You have to give some information and pay the gov‘t a 25 dollar transfer fee by credit card. They then give you a reference # and send you on your merry way. They said it would take about a week to transfer the firearm and when the transfer was complete they would phone and notify the buyer. After waiting 10 days I
had to initate the inquery on my transfer and was told that it had been completed. Before you can go to the store and pick up your firearm, you have to contact the Cheif firearms officer in your provence to be issued a Temporary ATT (authorization to transport). This ATT will have the Gun‘s Model, Serial# and the timeframe in which you are allowed to pick up the firearm and transfer it to you place of residence.
Once that is done and you now have your firearm at home you have to apply for a perminant ATT which is usually good for 3 years or until your license expires. Mine took about a week to recieve and had the condition on it that I could transfer my firearm to any recognized gun range or gunsmith within my province of residence as long as I possessed the registration certificate for that firearm as well. Now when the firearm is transfered to you from the store (or other seller) you are given the registration # but a new certificate is then queued to be printed in some government center. This takes about 3 weeks to recieve. So from Start to finish, it takes approximately 3 months to be able to purchase a handgun and legally transfer it to the range in order to go shooting. Now this was for Restricted firearms, maybe someone who legally owns a rifle can let us know the proceedure for purchasing/registering a non-restricted firearm.
My opinion on this: I think that this is a bit outragous. The licensing proceedure to be able to purchase a firearm and ammunition is a good idea, better yet, essential. But the registration proceedure is bullshit. The billions of dollars used to set up this big farce of a system was definately NOT
worth it. The law abiding citizens who own, or want to own, a gun for legitimate uses are being hurt by this act. Not just the legal owners, but the newcomers who, like myself, want to get into the intresting world of firearms. I think that this system is discouraging new people into this sport and is bad for Canada in general.
Anything I missed, just let me know.