Changes to the Import Requirements for Non-restricted Firearms
April 13, 2012
1. The purpose of this notice is to advise you of changes affecting the importation of non-restricted firearms, as a result of Bill C-19 Ending the Long-gun Registry Act, which came into force on April 5, 2012.
Ports of Entry in the Province of Quebec
2. Due to a Quebec Superior Court temporary injunction, Bill C-19 does not apply in Quebec. Residents and non-residents, entering a port of entry within the province of Quebec, must present a valid firearms licence (Possession and Acquisition Licence or Possession Only Licence) and a registration certificate to import non-restricted firearms. Non-residents not in possession of these documents must complete a Non-resident Firearms Declaration form (CAFC 909) and pay the $25 confirmation fee to import non-restricted firearms.
Ports of Entry in all Other Provinces
3. Canadian residents importing non-restricted firearms will no longer be required to present a registration certificate for their non-restricted firearm; however licensing requirements under the Firearms Act still apply. Residents must present a valid firearms licence (Possession and Acquisition Licence or Possession Only Licence) to import non-restricted firearms.
4. Non-residents importing non-restricted firearms must meet licensing requirements under the Firearms Act. Non-residents must present a valid firearms licence (Possession and Acquisition Licence or Possession Only Licence) or complete a Non-Resident Firearms Declaration form and pay the $25 confirmation fee to import non-restricted firearms.
5. There are no changes to the requirements for residents and non-residents to import restricted and prohibited firearms.
6. There are no changes to the current process for businesses importing firearms.
7. Residents importing goods that were previously exported from Canada, can ask the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) staff to document their firearms, on Form BSF407, Identification of Articles for Temporary Exportation, before leaving the country. The BSF407 can be used to identify the goods as having been previously exported from Canada to ensure they arenít subject to duties or taxes. The information recorded on the BSF407 will include specific details about the goods, including make, model, serial number or other identifying information.http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/cn-ad/cn12-013-eng.htmlIndepth guidance for Americans:
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