How did the Conservatives change the Canadian firearms laws?

Public safety minister Steven Blaney responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Tuesday May 6, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Former Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney: Owning a gun is a “right, and it’s a right that comes with responsibilities.”

From 2006 to 2014

  • Eliminated the long-gun registry (2012)
    • Also stopped a back-door registry
  • Cancelled the proposed gun-show regulations
  • Postponed UN marking / tracing regulations until 2017
    • (for 11 consecutive years)
  • Amnesty for licensing (extended until May 2015)
  • Extended POLs expiry date
  • Offered free PAL renewals (for past several years, now expired)
  • Amnesty for owners of recently banned Swiss & CZ rifles (expired
    • March 2016)
  • Neither signed nor ratified the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty
  • Cancelled biased Environment Canada study on the environmental
    • impact of lead ammunition (2013)


  • Firearms Records Regulation (Classification), August 2014
  • Restricts RCMP powers to reclassify firearms (one-year limit)
  • Rolled back RCMP reclassification of Swiss & CZ rifles
    • (Essentially now treated as restricted weapons)


Bill C-42 – Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, July 2015

  • Grace period for PAL renewal (6 months)
  • POLs upgraded to PALs automatically
  • ATT automatically attached to PAL
  • Arbitrary powers of CFOs reined in
  • Domestic abusers refused PALs
  • Challenges eliminated for first-time applicants



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