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[Members: Please sign in to view this section. Not a Member? Subscribe.] — The RCMP comments below on its 26 February 2021 "nullification" notice to 1,865 more gun owners targeted by its May 2020 regulatory attacks, after a “technical issue” led to them being missed last year.

More than 70,000 people have now been notified.

Read our Q&A . . .

[Members: Please sign in to view this section. Not a Member? Subscribe.] — The RCMP provided the following data at 31 December 2020:

- Number of individuals with a firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
- Number of individuals with at least one gun registered with the RCMP
- Number of firearms registered with the RCMP
- Table of firearm registrations by type of firearm . . .

[Members: Please sign in to view this section. Not a Member? Subscribe.] — The number of Canadians with a federal gun licence fell last year for the first time in a decade, as shutdowns to stop Covid-19 prevented people from applying for a permit.

This year is on course for a new drop.


Canada had 2,198,275 adults with a firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) at 31 December 2020, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told in response to our questions. The Ottawa-based agency oversees licensing.

That’s 18,234 less than the 2,216,509 at the end of 2019, a year-end record high.

A licence is required to buy or sell guns on the government-controlled firearm market.

Cancelations, Delays

Provinces and instructors across Canada canceled the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) for weeks or months last year to avoid spreading the virus linked to Covid-19.

Delays at the licensing authority mean some people who passed the course and filed their applications are still waiting for their permits.

RCMP Comment

Caroline Duval, a spokeswoman for the RCMP, e-mailed the following to today. We added paragraph breaks.

The total number of PALs declined in 2020, which is not consistent with the usual trend of a year-over-year increase.

This decline is likely attributable to impacts stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected the availability of firearms safety training course offerings and a reduction in the number of applications received overall.

In addition, our processing site is currently operating at a reduced capacity, which has resulted in delays in the processing of new applications for a firearms licence.

RCMP, Response to, 12 April 2021

Virus Ends Decades of Gains

Last year’s 0.8% decline ended 10 years of gains driven by the surging popularity of sport shooting, especially among women.

It was the longest upward streak since the controversial and costly new licensing regime was imposed in 2001.

More Declines in 2021?

Although some course instructors are seeing an increase in bookings that suggests pent-up demand for licences, classes in Ontario and other regions are in anti-Covid-19 shutdowns.

Ontario trains more than one-fourth of all gun-permit applicants, the most of any province or territory.

Screenshot of message on website of Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario.

“Please be advised that the Chief Firearms Officer of Ontario has ordered the suspension of all CFSC and CRFSC courses and examinations in the Province of Ontario until further notice,” the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO), the instructors’ association, said on its website.

“At this time, we do not have any information regarding timelines for courses to resume,” FSESO said.

More Exclusives

Interactive Charts

Here are the same charts as at Canada Gun Facts & Stats. Gun Licensing


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[Members: Please sign in to view this section. Not a Member? Subscribe.] — Many Canadian gun owners are confused about the federal government’s and federal police’s political and regulatory attacks begun in May 2020 against responsible and trustworthy firearm users.

If you’ve ever mistakenly referred to them as an “amnesty,” “buyback,” or “grandfathering” (as we have) or fallen for the public-safety hoax, the following might help you.

Here is some background, and five points people get wrong or simply don’t know about.

Context: How They Criminalized You

If They Targeted You

Five Points

1. They’re Attacking You, Not Only Your Goods

Some people downplay the Liberal+RCMP attacks as a “gun ban.”

It’s much bigger, more malicious, and more hostile than that.

It’s also much more personal. Their target is you.

2. Their ‘Amnesty’ Doesn’t Protect You

The criminalization Order in Council that triggered the mass confiscations came with an amnesty that is so temporary, partial and limited that it’s hardly an amnesty at all.

3. There Isn’t Any ‘Buyback’

The abusers said they intend to offer payment for any of your guns they seize. They misleadingly label this as “buyback.” It sounds nicer than “stealing,” “extortion,” or “forced destruction.”

4. There Isn’t Any ‘Grandfathering’

The oppressors said they may allow you to keep the blacklisted items at home locked in your gun safe until you die, and they’d then move in to seize and destroy.

Some people wrongly refer to this as “grandfathering.” The government does better. In Bill C-21, they call it “non-permissive storage.”

5. Their Crackdown Hurts Safety and Security

Trudeau and his allies are playing a big game of opposites. They pretend their crackdown against safe and responsible adults promotes safety, while the attacks actively undermine safety.


We are committed to helping responsible gun owners enjoy their firearms for as long as they want.

We hope these five points help you see what the Liberal+RCMP attacks are, and what they aren’t.


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SFC President Sandra Honour — The Shooting Federation of Canada said the government’s new draft law to criminalize federally licensed gun owners is “harmful” to Olympic and Paralympic disciplines and “will fundamentally choke our sport off at the roots.”

Bill C-21’s measures for cities and towns to eliminate handgun ownership in particular will end athletic careers in one of the world’s most-inclusive sports, SFC President Sandra Honour told Minister Bill Blair in a March 3 letter.

‘Harmful’ Bill

“As the President of the SFC, it is my duty to inform you that your latest proposed firearm legislation Bill C-21 is harmful to the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, our cultural heritage, and a blow to the many aspiring athletes that have dedicated thousands of hours in the hope of representing Canada on the international sport stage,” Honour said in the letter.

See the full letter below.

Bill C-21, Political Attacks

The Liberal Party-led government proposed Bill C-21 last month as the third wave of its latest political attacks to weaken citizens, hurt the firearm industry and kill modern shooting sports.

Rising Opposition

Bill C-21 Risks ‘Burying‘ Sport Shooting

“With the components of C-21 listed above, you will fundamentally choke our sport off at the roots, causing the sport to become so expensive and elitist that only the rich will be able to participate and burying a sport that many Canadians feel is a part of our culture,” Honour told Blair.

Shooting Federation of Canada Letter to Blair


SFC President Honour Interview spoke by phone today with Edmonton-based Honour, who specializes in trap shooting.

Following are excerpts from our conversation.

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We are the national shooting organization for the games sports. [e.g., Pan Am Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games]

When you look at what our role is, our role is to encourage and support the growth of the shooting sports in Canada. That does not just include those competitive events that we represent, because recreational shooting is where we get our members.

No one starts out in the Olympic sports. It’s very rare. They start in Cadets, or a local range that has target and hunting firearms. Then they get excited that there’s an Olympic sport.

If the government interferes with that, we absolutely have to write to our government and our ministers and inform them of that.

I always compare Olympic shooting to the velodrome of cycling. There are a lot of people who own bikes, but there aren’t a lot of people who are crazy enough to go around a velodrome. Similarly, a lot of people understand the enjoyment of target shooting, but they aren’t necessarily training for the Olympics.

You don’t get internationally ranked swimmers without thousands upon thousands of club swimmers. From that pool, you find the people who have the talent, the physical capacity and so on to be a top-ranked swimmer. And you need the coaches, the infrastructure, …

[In shotgun trap shooting, for example,] When you go to Italy, you can go to a place that has 13 setups at a single facility. Each setup is about $100,000 to put in. We have one setup in Alberta. So people don’t get exposed to our sport. In rifle and pistol, we do a little better.

We need the support of people who just understand the fun and the enjoyment of target shooting. While we get funding and support from Sport Canada, it is nowhere near enough.

It’s imperative that we have a healthy and economically viable sport.

SFC President Sandra Honour, Speaking With, 20 March 2021


Canadian Firearms Safety Course student handbook — The Canadian Firearms Safety Course student handbook set a second annual record as the top download at the Government of Canada Publications website.


Why It Matters

Who Needs the CFSC

More Facts

About the CFSC Handbook


(Update March 23: Adds context on jurisdiction, Chaffe quote, transcript.) — Canadian gun owners won a new procedural victory in court today in their fight to stop the federal police and federal government crackdowns against honest citizens.


An Ontario judge scheduled the first hearing under Section 74 of the federal Firearms Act to review the RCMP’s so-called “nullification” of firearm-registration certificates.

Justice James Chaffe of the Ontario Court of Justice said he will hear arguments and evidence on July 12 and 13. That’s before a series of similar cases in Alberta scheduled for September.

Each side will address two aspects of the case where they disagree: whether reviewing the “nullifications” falls under provincial-court jurisdiction, and on the “nullifications“ themselves.

Why It Matters

First Scheduled Hearing

“The significance of this case is that it’s the only case that is actually going to a hearing on the merits,” Arkadi Bouchelev, the lawyer for the seven gun owners who won today, told after the video hearing. “Everyone else was either dismissed, or the jurisdictional case is still being decided.”

“It is a procedural victory, but it is an important one, because you can’t have a hearing on the merits if you lose on the jurisdictional issue,” Bouchelev said.

RCMP Claim

The Ottawa-based Royal Canadian Mounted Police has said it didn’t decide to nullify the gun certificates, and that the “nullifications” are outside the scope of a Section 74 review.

Julia Turvey and Emily Atkinson were the lawyers for the government in today’s hearing.

Chaffe Quote

Update March 23: “Obviously, a finding that I do not have jurisdiction to hear the s. 74 application may well obviate the need for a further decision or hearing,” Chaffe said, according to the transcript.

Court File No.: 20-40008425, 20-40008426, 20-40008427, 20-40008428, 20-40008429, 20-40008430, 20-40008431

Federal Court Challenge

The seven gun owners Bouchelev defended today include six who are also challenging the government-police crackdowns in Federal Court. You can donate to their Federal Court case.

PDF Transcript of Chaffe Ruling on 17 March 2021

We thank the subscriber who shared the transcript with us.


Related — The RCMP, which regulates Canada’s gun stores, is inviting them to apply to become licensed firearm destroyers, as it works with the government to attack gun users and businesses.

The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program e-mailed businesses this month about short-term authorizations for so-called gun “deactivation.”

What Is ‘Deactivation’

Why It Matters

RCMP Responds to

Caroline Duval, a spokeswoman for the Ottawa-based Royal Canadian Mounted Police, e-mailed the following responses to today in reply to our questions sent March 8.

1. Which types of businesses did you invite to respond? (e.g., how many recipients, small and/or big businesses, Canada-wide or only select regions, ...)?

The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) sent correspondence to all licensed firearm businesses in Canada seeking interest in performing the deactivation of firearms. The correspondence contained instructions on how to request the deactivation condition be added to their business licence, and the deadline to do so.

2. What’s behind the immediate need for firearm deactivations?

This project was initiated to address the needs of businesses interested in performing the deactivation of firearms for clients seeking this service.

3. Why are you running this as a temporary measure for only five months?

The CFP has set up a temporary, dedicated team to assist businesses in processing these requests. This temporary measure is being evaluated over the next five months to determine if it adequately meets business needs.

4. How has the government’s 01 May 2020 gun prohibition-confiscation OIC affected requests or demand to deactivate firearms?

The May 1, 2020 Order in Council prohibited a number of assault-style firearms and certain components of some newly prohibited firearms. As one of their options, firearms owners can have their firearm deactivated by an approved firearms business. The clients contact the businesses directly for this service and therefore the CFP does not have statistics on the requests.

RCMP Letter to Firearm Businesses

Following is a March 5 e-mail from a provincial/territorial Chief Firearms Officer to businesses in their region. It was forwarded to

Similar letters were sent by CFOs to businesses across Canada.

Subject: Deactivation of Firearms
Date: 05 March 2021
From: ██████████

Dear Business:

The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) is initiating a short-term project to address the immediate needs of firearms businesses interested in adding deactivation of firearms to their business licence.   This is a temporary process being run from March 5 to August 11, 2021.

Your business should already have gunsmithing as an activity on its licence or be capable of conducting gunsmithing activities.

Should your business be interested, please send an email to [email protected] no later than March 19, 2021 and include the following information:

Name of business:
Business licence number:

Once we have received confirmation of your interest, we will review your request and, if accepted, provide you with instructions on the process to submit a sample deactivated firearm.

Please note that businesses accepted to submit a sample deactivated firearm will need to submit that sample by no later than April 2, 2021.  Accepted businesses will be sent the guidelines for deactivation and will be authorized to submit a deactivated sample of a firearm of their choice.

We apologize for the rapid turnaround times.


Chief Firearms Officer ███████ / Contrôleur des armes à feu ███████
Canadian Firearms Program / Programme canadien des armes à feu

James Cox, Gun Store Owner

James Cox, the owner of The Shooting Edge in Calgary and Target Sports Canada near Toronto, said the following to today in a phone interview. He offers gunsmithing services, and is fighting the Liberal+RCMP attacks in court.

We’ve been asking about this for years.

We’re torn on whether to do it or not.

We don’t know their intentions.

We aren’t accomplices. But do we stop doing what we do for commerce?

J.R. Cox, Speaking to, 17 March 2021


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[Members: Please sign in to view this section. Not a Member? Subscribe.] — Canada’s Department of Public Safety says its planned gun-storage restrictions in Bill C-21 target licensed owners of “all classes and types of firearms,” and violating municipal by-laws would risk “licence revocation and criminal sanctions . . .

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Memos Show:
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[Members: Please sign in to view this section. Not a Member? Subscribe.] — The Canadian government’s Bill C-21 against licensed firearm owners will invent new rules for the thickness and locks of our handgun safes and let cities and towns require mandatory gun insurance, Minister Bill Blair said today . . .

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