Whoa! I want to buy that gun! What do you mean I can't?

Feb 01, 2013

There is a lot of confusion concerning our current firearm classes, we offer the following simplified general information for your guidance only. Contact your Local Firearms Officer or the CFC for further details at 1-800-731-4000.

There are the following Firearm classes: Non Restricted, Restricted, Grand Fathered Prohibited and Prohibited.

Any person is eligible to apply for a PAL (Possession & Acquisition License) for both Non Rrestricted and Restricted Firearms. It is generally accepted that you need to join an Approved Gun Club before you can acquire a Restricted Firearm.

There are six different Grandfathered Prohibited classes. You had to possess (or have applied to possess) a firearm in each class prior to the class being created, in order to be grandfathered into that class. The classes are separate. Simply because you are in one class does not make you eligible for another. If you do not currently possess a firearm in a grandfathered class, you never can, excepting possible the 12.7 class. These classes are:

• 12.2: FA Full Automatic
• 12.3: CA Converted Automatic
• 12.4: OIC # 12 (OIC = Order in Council) A small class, examples are: Sterling MK6, Steyr AUG, Uzi carbine, Mod A and mini Uzi
• 12.5: OIC #13 A large class, examples are: FN FAL, H&K, AK47, Thompsons etc.
• 12.6: Handgun All .25, .32 (some exceptions) and handguns with a barrel length of 105mm and less. Registered before 14 Feb 1995
• 12.7: PROHIBITED 12.6 handguns inheritable by immediate next of kin as they were manufactured before 1946.

Your PAL should have all your classes listed on the back, if you think you should have a class that is not listed, you can have your PAL amended. You will not have lost that class just because it is not listed. (It took the CFC three attempts to get my own PAL correct).

The final class is the Prohibited (Without grandfathering) this would include (but not limited to) firearms from all the Prohibited Grandfathered classes that were not registered into the system prior to their respective cut off dates. Do not try and register one of these firearms (Even during an amnesty) you will lose it! If you have something interesting in this area contact me and I will explain your options. Yes, you do have more options than simply surrendering her, but don’t delay.

There are many errors and misunderstandings concerning the classification of different firearms. The following are just a few examples. Lots of people think all fifty cal rifles are prohibited. WRONG!!!! Some are, and some are not. The Mini 14 is still non-restricted, folding stocks are legal, so are factory shotguns with 14 inch barrels. An MP5 SMG would have to be either a FA or CA. The factory semi auto version, the HK 94 would be in the 12.5 class. This is very straightforward and easy to understand. However when you look at the FN FAL family you have firearms that could be in either FA, CA or the 12.5 class, and some FN FAL whose correct classification cannot be determined. These last ones are accepted at face value in whatever class they are currently registered in.

Here at Wolverine Supplies we deal in all classes of firearms. We supply both private citizens and Government Agencies, literally from coast to coast. Whilst we do not support all the current facets of our firearm control system, we will follow the law. Due to my long extensive involvement in the Canadian Firearms Industry I have a better than average understanding of our system, if you have any concerns regarding any intended purchase, please phone or e-mail us.

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