Citation(s) from the literature library

Canada. 2008 ‘Legislation, Regulations, Administrative Procedures.’ National Report of Canada on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 6. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. 1 July

Relevant contents


The production of firearms is regulated under the provisions of the Canadian Firearms Act and Part III of the Criminal Code of Canada. Businesses manufacturing firearms are required to obtain firearms business licenses.

The Chief Firearms Officer1 of the province in which the business is situated may issue firearms business licenses for specific activities. Business activities involving prohibited firearms2 may be conducted only for puposes prescribed by regulation, such as manufacture for governmental use or specifically regulated business purposes.

Canadian companies produce legal firearms for civilian markets both in Canada and abroad. One manufacturer in Canada produces automatic weapons for the Canadian Armed Forces and for government-to-government sales.

Certain prohibited firearms may be sold within Canada to 'grandfathered' owners, who possessed such firearms at the time they were prohibited, as well as to certain businesses - primarily the movie industry, museums and police forces.

In some instances, prohibited forearms are approved for export to non-government entities, provided that the destination is a country on Canada's Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL).

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