Firearms and You

If you possess firearms or if you handle them in the course of your work, you are required under the Firearms Act to have a valid firearms licence.  You also require a valid licence to be able to obtain more firearms or ammunition.

Don't forget to renew your licence before it expires - IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!  Your licence must be kept current for as long as you possess firearms in Canada.

The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) is making every effort to help you renew your licence:

* The CPF will send you a renewal notice and a partially completed renewal application form approximately 90 days before the expiry date of your current licence.  Contact the CPF at 1-800-731-4000 or online regarding address changes immediately so that they can send your forms to the right place.

* Complete and return your renewal application to the CFP promptly to ensure that you get your new licence before your current licence expires.  It takes at least 3 weeks to process an application and issue a new licence.

Notices are regularly sent to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service of individuals who have allowed their firearms licences to expire.  As a result, these individuals are now in illegal possession of their firearms and have the following options:

* renew their firearms licences,
* transfer/sell the firearm(s) to another licensed individual/business,
* relinquish the firearm(s) to a law enforcement agency for destruction.

Working in conjunction with the Canadian Firearms Centre, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is dedicated to enhancing public safety by enforcing the provisions of the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code which govern the possession, transportation, use, and storage of firearms.

For additional information, please contact the Canadian Firearms Program at or call 1-800-731-4000.


Firearms will only be released at a pre-scheduled appointment. Appointments to retrieve firearms can be scheduled through the Property Unit. Firearms in possession of the police service that are subject to release via court order can only be released when the Property Unit has received a copy of the court order, has received authorization from the Investigating Officer, and the thirty-day appeal period has passed.

When retrieving your firearm at your scheduled appointment, you will be required to produce proof of registration and all valid firearms licences and registration certificates.

If the firearm being retrieved is a restricted weapon, you will be required to produce an Authorization to Transport (ATT) from a Chief Firearms Officer. You can apply for an ATT by calling 1-800-731-4000. To be eligible for an ATT, you must have a valid firearms licence authorizing you to possess restricted firearms.

You must have a proper trigger lock and lock box in your possession to transport the weapon for the weapon to be released to you.

Definition of a Restricted Firearm

According to the Criminal Code, a restricted firearm is:

* a handgun that is not a prohibited firearm 
* a semi-automatic, centre-fire firearm with a barrel length less than 470 mm that is not a prohibited firearm 
* a firearm that can fire after being reduced by folding, telescoping, or otherwise to an overall length of less than 660 mm 
* any firearm prescribed under the Criminal Code regulations to be restricted (including some long guns)
If you have any questions about the licensing or transporting of restricted firearms, inquiries can be made through the Canadian Firearms Centre by calling (800) 731-4000, or via their website:


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