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Gun Owner Licensing
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Legislative requirement for each civilian applicant to be granted, and to present a valid firearm licence or permit in order to lawfully acquire, possess, carry, sell or transfer a gun or ammunition.
Although the terms 'registration' and 'licensing' are sometimes used interchangeably, registration properly refers to keeping a record of the object as it moves between owners (registered firearm, registered vehicle), while a parallel system of licensing determines the qualification of the person (licensed gun owner, driver, pilot).