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Handguns in Canada.

Hello! I'm a lurker, haven't really posted much here. I'm very interested in the gun laws for my country, specifically handguns. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I'm quite interested in buying a handgun. I've fired off shotguns countless times (mostly hunting duck or pheasant with my father,) but I've never touched a handgun in my life.


I don't even know the legality of handguns in Canada. I know you cannot carry a concealed weapon such as a handgun, but that's not something I'm interested in doing at all. Can someone give me the 411 on handguns in Canada? Is it even legal to own a handgun in Canada? What's legal, what's not?


I've googled it, but I can't seem to get a straight answer. I'm sure there's some Canadians here that would be willing to help me out! Thanks guys.
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I know Gearhead on these forums has a S&W MP pistol, and he's from the West Coast.
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  • It's legal with a restricted firearms license (not hard to obtain)
  • You must be a member of a gun club BEFORE you buy one, as the only legal use for one is target shooting
  • You must take a specific route from your home to the range with the handgun locked + secured in your trunk. You cannot stop or deviate from this route with the handgun.
  • There are other stipulations...if I recall correctly, by purchasing a handgun (or any restricted firearm) you are agreeing to allow police access to your home at any time to check that your firearms are legally stored.

edit: basically not worth the headache unless you love going to the range
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A handgun in Canada is classified as a Restricted Weapon.

For a summary on Restricted Weapons, including licensing, transportation and criteria for owning one, click this... http://www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca/factsheets/restricted_e.asp

Because you don't have a Prohib license, you are only allowed handguns that carry 10 shots or less and have a barrel length of 105mm or greater.

You must take a separate course for restricted weapons along with your non-restricted.
You have to get your non-restricted first.
The course is a piece of cake.

Anything you could want to know about firearms in Canada is on the CFC's website, just snoop around there.

http://www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca/default_e.asp


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So handgun ownership in Canada is like a cross between Illinois and California.

Well atleast Canada gets cool foreign long arms like the Tavor and others.
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Makes me proud to be an American.


And America is the only country in the world these days in which you can say that without repercussions
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The course is a piece of cake.


The course really is a fucking joke. I got both my restricted and non in like 6 hours while I was hungover and sleeping for half the course.
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The course really is a fucking joke. I got both my restricted and non in like 6 hours while I was hungover and sleeping for half the course.



impossible cause its a 2 day course.
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impossible cause its a 2 day course.

My restricted and non-restricted card in my wallet that I got in 6 hours of one day says otherwise. Taken through the Calgary Rifle and Pistol Club. I know it was 2 separate courses but as far as I've heard it doesn't have to be 2 days.
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My restricted and non-restricted card in my wallet that I got in 6 hours of one day says otherwise. Taken through the Calgary Rifle and Pistol Club. I know it was 2 separate courses but as far as I've heard it doesn't have to be 2 days.


two days, 6 hours a day out here through an ex-cop. Maybe its different where you go, but all the instructors out here do a 2 day thing.
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impossible cause its a 2 day course.

Not in Saskatchewan it's not. I sat around some guy's kitchen table playing with guns with 5 other guys for 2 hours. Then I gave him $30. Then I got my regular and restricted licenses in the mail a month later
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you guys fucking suck


No wonder BC stands for "Bring Cash"
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And America is the only country in the world these days in which you can say that without repercussions

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It must suck to be a slave.
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