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Canada. 2008 ‘Disposal of Surplus Stocks.’ 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), pp. 7-8. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. 1 July

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Disposal of Surplus Stocks

Public agencies are responsible for managing their protected firearms1 stocks… Surplus firearms held by public agencies will be required to be destroyed, with limited exceptions for public purposes…

Firearms that come under the control of public agents1 (Canada Border Services Agency officers, Natural Resources officers, federal, provincial and municipal police, Fisheries and Ocean officers. These firearms are disposed of by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or the Chief Firearms Officer2 in the province where they were seized, abandoned or forfeited.

SALW identified as surplus to the Canadian Armed Forces are either sold to the militaries of allied nations, transferred to approved public agencies or destroyed. Military SALW designated for destruction by Canada's Department of National Defence are destroyed by process of smelting under the supervision of the commanding officer of the Canadaian Forces Supply Depot. The smelting weapons and their repair parts are carried out at local foundries under contract. Occasionally, small arms or light weapons may be demilitarized and donated to museums.

The RCMP currently destroys all surplus firearms as a matter of policy.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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