Public Service Announcement

Dave Killion — December 2, 2010

There was a long time during which I thought that firearms were more or less unobtainable for  most Canadians.  In fact, they are merely much, much, much more troublesome to get legally than they should be, whereas they should be no more trouble to get than a bottle of wine, if that much.  So for those who don’t know, anyone who wishes to possess a firearm has to pay a fee to take a two day course followed by a simple test, and boom!  You are licensed to acquire and possess a firearm.  There are separate courses for long guns and handguns, and a bunch of nonsense about registering your firearms, but it is all very doable.  The point is that you CAN get a license for a firearm, and one day that might not be the case.  With that said, let me encourage everyone to get themselves licensed, even if you’re not interested in getting a firearm just yet.

UPDATE – In Victoria, I recommend those interested in getting a license begin by either contacting Island Outfitters or the Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association and asking for contact info for instructors.  Let them know what you want to do (possess firearms, hunt, whatever) and they will help you pick a course.  I wanted to get a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) for both restricted and non-restricted firearms (primarily handguns and long guns) so I found an instructor who charged me for one course and two tests,  You might be able to find something similar.  The link for the Canadian Firearms Program is here, but I found speaking to the guys at Island Outfitters was easier and faster than fishing through government websites.  Good luck!


David C says

Dave: I am interested in getting a firearms license. What is the absolute first thing that I need to do? Do you have any links to Canadian government websites you can provide to get people started? Thanks!

— December 2, 2010

Dave Killion says

David C – Please see the updated post.

— December 4, 2010

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