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Gun Shows Regulations

SOR/98-211

FIREARMS ACT

Registration 1998-03-24

Gun Shows Regulations

P.C. 1998-486 1998-03-24

Whereas, pursuant to section 118 of the Firearms ActFootnote a, the Minister of Justice had a copy of the proposed Gun Shows Regulations, substantially in the annexed form, laid before each House of Parliament on October 30, 1997, which date is at least 30 sitting days before the date of this Order;

Therefore, His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice, pursuant to paragraphs 117(g), (h) and (o) of the Firearms Acta, hereby makes the annexed Gun Shows Regulations.

Interpretation

The following provision is not in force.

 The definitions in this section apply in these Regulations.

Act

Act means the Firearms Act. (Loi)

class

class, in respect of a firearm, means one of the following classes:

  • (a) non-restricted firearm;

  • (b) restricted firearm; or

  • (c) prohibited firearm. (classe)

exhibitor

exhibitor means a person who displays, offers for sale or sells firearms at a gun show. (exposant)

gun show

gun show means an event or occasion that includes the display, offering for sale or sale of firearms, whether or not as part of a larger event or occasion. (exposition d’armes à feu)

location

location means

  • (a) in the case of an indoor gun show, the room or rooms in which the gun show is held and, if applicable, the hallways connecting the rooms to each other; and

  • (b) in the case of an outdoor gun show, the area in which the firearms exhibitors’ tables or booths are found. (emplacement)

non-restricted firearm

non-restricted firearm means a firearm that is neither a prohibited firearm nor a restricted firearm. (arme à feu sans restrictions)

person

person includes an organization. (personne)

secure locking device

secure locking device means a device

  • (a) that can only be opened or released by the use of an electronic, magnetic or mechanical key or by setting the device in accordance with an alphabetical or numerical combination; and

  • (b) that, when affixed to a firearm, prevents the firearm from being discharged. (dispositif de verrouillage sécuritaire)

sponsor

sponsor means a person under whose auspices a gun show is organized and conducted and who is approved as a sponsor under section 5. (parrain)

unloaded

unloaded, in respect of a firearm, means that any propellant, projectile or cartridge that can be discharged from the firearm is not contained in the breech or firing chamber of the firearm nor in the cartridge magazine attached to or inserted into the firearm. (non chargée)

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 1
The following provision is not in force.

 In these Regulations, a gun show is considered to be one gun show if it meets the following conditions:

  • (a) it occurs over several days, whether or not they are consecutive;

  • (b) it is covered by a single sponsorship; and

  • (c) it is held at a single location.

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 2

Sponsorship of a Gun Show

The following provision is not in force.

 No person may sponsor a gun show unless the chief firearms officer of the province in which the gun show is proposed to be held approves, in writing, the person to be the sponsor of the gun show.

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 3

Application for Sponsorship Approval

The following provision is not in force.
  •  (1) At least 30 days before a proposed gun show, the person who wishes to sponsor a gun show shall make an application for approval of sponsorship of the gun show to the chief firearms officer of the province in which the gun show is proposed to be held and shall include the following information in the application:

    • (a) the applicant's name, address, telephone number and, if applicable, facsimile number and electronic mail address and, in the case of an applicant that is not an individual, the name and telephone number of its representative;

    • (a.1) in the case of an applicant who is an individual and holds a firearms licence, the number of the licence;

    • (a.2) in the case of an applicant that is not an individual and whose representative holds a firearms licence, the number of the representative's licence;

    • (a.3) in the case of an applicant who is an individual and does not hold a firearms licence, the applicant's date of birth;

    • (a.4) in the case of an applicant that is not an individual and whose representative does not hold a firearms licence, the representative's date of birth;

    • (b) the proposed location;

    • (c) the dates and hours of operation of the proposed gun show;

    • (d) a description of the proposed means for ensuring the security of the location and of the firearms that are to be displayed there; and

    • (e) the class of firearm that will be displayed.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/2004-273, s. 4]

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 4

Approval of Sponsorship of a Gun Show

The following provision is not in force.

 A chief firearms officer who receives an application for approval of sponsorship of a gun show shall grant the approval if the officer determines that

  • (a) the applicant has met the requirements of section 4;

  • (b) the applicant can ensure the security of the location and of the firearms that are to be displayed at the gun show;

  • (c) in the case of an applicant who is an individual, the applicant is eligible under sections 5 and 6 of the Act to hold a licence;

  • (d) in the case of an applicant that is a business or organization, the representative of the applicant is eligible under sections 5 and 6 of the Act to hold a licence; and

  • (e) the applicant can ensure that the gun show will not endanger the safety of any person.

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 5

Additional Information to Be Supplied

The following provision is not in force.

 At least seven working days before the proposed gun show, the sponsor shall send a notice to the police department responsible for the location in which the gun show is to be held, that indicates the sponsor's intention to hold the gun show, the location and the date and hours of operation of the gun show.

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 6

Responsibilities of Sponsor

The following provision is not in force.
  •  (1) At all times when, for the purposes of a gun show, firearms are present at the location, the sponsor shall

    • (a) ensure the security of the location and of the firearms that are displayed there;

    • (b) ensure that the firearms included in the gun show are stored and displayed in accordance with the requirements of the Act and sections 10 and 11; and

    • (c) post, in a conspicuous place at the location, the approval of sponsorship referred to in section 5.

  • (2) During the hours of operation of a gun show, the sponsor shall

    • (a) be present in person and on duty at the location or be represented there by an authorized delegate; and

    • (b) ensure that each exhibitor’s booth or table meets the requirements of paragraph 9(b).

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 7

Participation in a Gun Show

The following provision is not in force.
  •  (1) No person may participate as an exhibitor at a gun show unless

    • (a) the gun show is under the responsibility of a sponsor; and

    • (b) the exhibitor either holds a licence authorizing the possession of the firearms that the exhibitor displays or has been provided with a confirmation number of his or her declaration by a customs officer under section 3 of the Importation and Exportation of Firearms Regulations (Individuals) for the firearms that the exhibitor displays.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/2004-273, s. 8]

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 8

Responsibilities of Exhibitor

The following provision is not in force.

 An exhibitor who participates in a gun show shall

  • (a) at all times when, for the purposes of the gun show, the exhibitor’s firearms are present at the location, ensure the security of his or her table or booth and of the firearms that are stored, displayed, or offered for sale there, in accordance with sections 10 and 11; and

  • (b) during the hours of operation of the gun show, ensure that his or her table or booth is under constant supervision by a person who is at least 18 years old and either holds a licence authorizing the possession of firearms or has been provided with a confirmation number of his or her declaration by a customs officer under section 3 of the Importation and Exportation of Firearms Regulations (Individuals).

  • (c) [Repealed, SOR/2004-273, s. 9]

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 9

Storage and Display

The following provision is not in force.

 A person may store a firearm at the location only if

  • (a) it is unloaded; and

  • (b) it is stored in a securely locked place that is accessible only under the supervision of the sponsor or the sponsor’s authorized delegate.

The following provision is not in force.
  •  (1) An exhibitor may display a firearm at a gun show only if

    • (a) the firearm is unloaded;

    • (b) the firearm is, subject to subsection (2), securely attached to a structure or table on which it is displayed by a chain, metal cable or similar device in such a manner that the firearm cannot readily be removed;

    • (c) the firearm is

      • (i) in the case of a non-restricted firearm, rendered inoperable by means of a secure locking device if it is detached from the structure on which it is displayed for the purpose referred to in subsection (2), and

      • (ii) in the case of all other firearms, rendered inoperable by means of a secure locking device;

    • (d) the firearm is not displayed with, or readily accessible to, ammunition that can be discharged from it, unless the ammunition is displayed in a container or receptacle that is kept securely locked and that is constructed so that it cannot readily be broken open or into; and

    • (e) in the case of an automatic firearm that has a removable bolt or bolt-carrier, the bolt or bolt-carrier is removed and stored in a room that is different from the room in which the automatic firearm is displayed, that is kept securely locked and that is constructed so that it cannot readily be broken open or into.

  • (2) Paragraph (1)(b) does not apply if the firearm is detached from the structure or table on which it is displayed so that the firearm may be handled under the direct and immediate supervision of the exhibitor or a person referred to in paragraph 9(b).

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 10

 [Repealed, SOR/2004-273, s. 11]

Revocation

The following provision is not in force.

 The chief firearms officer who issued an approval under section 5 may revoke it only if the chief firearms officer determines that the sponsor has contravened these Regulations or that the holding of the gun show could endanger the safety of any person.

Offence

The following provision is not in force.

 For the purpose of paragraph 117(o) of the Act, it is an offence to contravene section 3, 8, 9, 10 or 11.

  • SOR/2004-273, s. 12

Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on November 30, 2012.

  • SOR/98-470, s. 1
  • SOR/99-111, s. 1
  • SOR/99-453, s. 1
  • SOR/2002-442, s. 1
  • SOR/2003-404, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-273, s. 12
  • SOR/2005-241, s. 1
  • SOR/2006-292, s. 1
  • SOR/2008-298, s. 1
  • SOR/2010-275, s. 1
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