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Canada's Reasonable Vision of Gun Control
There are a lot of Canadians who appreciate guns — and the laws that regulate them
Bloomberg Opinion, Opinion
18 April 2021
Canada's four-page firearm application is designed to root out those who might be a risk to others or themselves: "During the past two (2) years have you experienced a divorce, a separation, a breakdown of a significant relationship, job loss or bankruptcy?"
The application requires the name and birthdate of your conjugal partner, and it requires the name, birthdate and contact information of your former conjugal partner as well. It includes a line for your partner to sign the application, and another line for your former partner or ex-spouse to sign. If your ex-spouse doesn't want to sign, or if you don't want to ask her to, you can leave it blank, in which case they will be notified of your application.
Above both signature lines for current and former partners, there is an 800 number listed, in bold text, to call "if you have any safety concerns about this application." Those who know you best can call to register their thoughts on your fitness to possess a firearm. So can anyone else.
"Under the Firearms Act," said Corporal Caroline Duval, a spokeswoman for the RCMP, via email, "Chief Firearms Officers (CFO) have the authority to issue or revoke a firearms license, or to refuse an application for a license based on their assessment of an individual's risk to themselves or others."