What you need to know about storage and transportation

Mar 18, 2013

All firearms must be unloaded for transport. For non-restricted firearms, the unloaded firearm can sit on the seat beside you, lay on the dash or be on display in a rifle rack in the back window of a truck, providing you are in the vehicle. Whilst trigger locks and or gun cases are not a legal requirement, depending on your location having your firearm in plain sight may not be a good idea!  Driving down a gravel road in Manitoba is a lot different from downtown Toronto. When you leave the vehicle unattended the unloaded firearm must be out of sight and the vehicle locked this is a legal requirement. This changes for restricted firearms, all restricted firearms must be unloaded, immobilized with a secure locking device (trigger lock) and be in a locked case. In addition you will require an ATT, Authorization To Transport. These are normally issued in one of two types. The long term, up to 5 years and will expire when your PAL needs renewing, are for target shooting. You will need to be a member of a Gun Club before an ATT will be issued. They may have other restrictions according to Provincial Policies. The second type of ATT is usually referred to as a short term and is intended for one particular movement, for example taking a handgun to a Gun Smith for repair. Please note the above is offered as a guide only, consult the CFC for full details.
 
All firearms must be unloaded for storage. For non restricted firearms the unloaded firearm can be stored in one of three basic ways. Firstly immobilized with a secure locking device, a trigger lock or cable lock. Secondly by locking the firearm in a case, cupboard or gun safe. The third way is to remove an essential component and then store that part separate to the firearm. This changes for restricted firearms, all restricted firearms must be unloaded, immobilized with a secure locking device (trigger lock) and be in a locked case. The trigger lock can only be dispensed with if a safe or vault is used. Please note the above is offered as a guide only consult the CFC for full details.

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