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Canada. 2015 ‘Manner of Marking.’ Firearms Marking Regulations SOR/2004-275 (Regulations are current to 10 September 2015) (Sections 4, 5, 6), pp. 2-3. Ottawa ON: Minister of Justice. 16 July

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Manner of Marking

4. (1) The firearm shall be marked by permanently stamping or engraving on the firearms's frame or receiver the word "Canada" or the letters "CA" and

(a) in the case of a manufactured firearm, the name of the manufacturer and the firearm's serial number; and
(b) in the case of an imported firearm, the last two digits of the year of the importation.

(2) The markings shall

(a) be legible;
(b) have a depth of at least 0.076 mm and a height of at least 1.58 mm; and
(c) subject to subsection (3), be visible without the need to disassemble the firearm.

(3) In the case of an imported firearm, the Registrar, on application by the individual, business or public service agency1 that is importing it, shall grant the applicant an exemption from the requirement set out in paragraph (2)(c) if

(a) marking the firearm in a place that is visible only by disassembling the firearm is consistent with the current practices of the manufacturer of that model of firearm;
(b) the firearm does not provide a visible space suitable to stamp or engrave the markings;
(c) the firearm is rare;
(d) the firearm is of a value that is unusually high for that type of firearm and that value would be significantly reduced if the markings were visible without disassembly; or
(e) the firearm is imported by a business that holds a licence for the purpose of using the firearm in respect of motion picture, television, video or theatrical productions or in publishing activities.

Tampering with Markings

5. (1) No person shall knowingly remove, alter, obliterate or deface a marking on a firearm.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a public agent1 acting in the course of their duties or for the purposes of their employment.]

6. These Regulations come into force on 1st June 1, 2017.

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