Ottawa tweaks draft regulations to ensure gun buyers have licences

Ottawa tweaks draft regulations to ensure gun buyers have licences

The Liberal government has revised draft firearm regulations to ensure someone buying a gun actually has a valid licence.

A senior range officer looks through the scope of long gun at a store in Calgary. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

The Liberal government has revised draft firearm regulations to ensure someone buying a gun actually has a valid licence.

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

However, proposed regulations included no obligation on the part of a seller to check with the federal firearms registrar to ensure that a prospective gun buyer had a valid licence — an omission that sparked criticism from gun-control advocates.

Final regulations made public today close that loophole.

Bill C-71 also requires vendors to keep records of non-restricted firearm transactions.

In addition, the legislation expands background checks that would determine eligibility for a firearms licence to a person’s entire life, not just the last five years.

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