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Gonzales, Maribel, and Elizabeth Mandelman. 2009 ‘The Firearms Act as a Tool to Prevent Domestic Violence.’ Ploughshares Monitor; Autumn 2009, Volume 30 (No. 3), p. 2. Waterloo, ON: Project Ploughshares. 1 September
The Firearms Act as a Tool to Prevent Domestic Violence
Canada's firearms control legislation1 specifically restricts access to guns by confirmed and potential perpetrators of domestic violence.
The 1995 Firearms Act and its supporting regulations require:
- licensing of all firearm owners and users, with renewals every 5 years;
- registration of all firearms;
- background checks and screening of licence applicants for risk factors for suicide, mental stability, and domestic abuse;
- notifying current and previous spouses of the past two years when individuals apply for a licence so that they may voice concerns for their safety or the safety of others; and
- courts to notify the Chief Firearms Officer2 of all firearms prohibition orders.