Ottawa changes proposed regulations to ensure gun buyers have licenses

The Liberal government has revised the draft firearms regulations to ensure that someone who buys a firearm does in fact have a valid licence.

When Bill C-71 received royal assent in 2019, the government said it would require sellers to check the validity of a firearms license before selling a non-restricted firearm, such as a rifle or shotgun.

However, the proposed regulations did not include any requirement for a seller to check with the federal Registrar of Firearms to ensure that a potential firearms buyer had a valid license – an omission that has sparked criticism from gun control advocates.

The final regulations released today close that loophole.

Bill C-71 also requires sellers to keep records of non-restricted firearms transactions.

Additionally, the legislation extends background checks that would determine eligibility for a firearms license to a person’s entire lifetime, not just the past five years.