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Firearms and the Firearms Act

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Canada’s gun laws require gun owners to be licensed and certain guns to be registered. Learn how these laws work, and how to get a licence or register a firearm.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in August 2017
  • Time to read: 6 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Yulina Wang, Guardian Law and Christa Delaney, Canadian Firearms Program

Yulina Wang, Guardian Law
Christa Delaney, Canadian Firearms Program

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.


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