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RE: Transporting Firearms
Sep 15, 2005 22:18 ETBack | Print Article
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Comment made on 26-Jul-2005: "A firearm can be transported if it is unloaded, registered and secured in an appropriate transporting device. The ammunition must also be locked in a secured container. Firearms are only to be transported to a specific location for use, and then returned home. A firearm can not be left in a vehicle."

I would like to disagree with the information given. While it is certainly worthwhile and responsible to keep everything locked up securely, depending on the type of firearm it may not be legally necessary. (But use your common sense, especially around children or alarming your neighbours)

In a nutshell, if it is a non-restricted firearm, it must be transported unloaded. It CAN ALSO be left unattended in the trunk of a car OR covered up if no trunk exists. For a restricted firearm, the above applies AS WELL AS being rendered inoperable (locked/disabled) AND locked in a container.

There are no laws that I know of about locking up ammunition for storage/transportation, other than the catch-all "careless transport/storage" which would seem to be up to the discretion of the police officer in what he/she deems as "careless".

Criminal Code:
86. (1) Every person commits an offence
who, without lawful excuse, uses, carries,
handles, ships, transports or stores a
firearm, a prohibited weapon, a restricted
weapon, a prohibited device or any ammunition or prohibited ammunition in a careless manner or without reasonable precautions for the safety of other persons.

Firearms Act: (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/F-11.6/SOR-98-209/index.html)

TRANSPORTATION OF NON-RESTRICTED FIREARMS

10. (1) An individual may transport a non-restricted firearm only if

(a) except in the case of a muzzle-loading firearm that is being transported between hunting sites, it is unloaded; and

(b) in the case of a muzzle-loading firearm that is being transported between hunting sites, its firing cap or flint is removed.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), an individual may transport a non-restricted firearm in an unattended vehicle only if

(a) when the vehicle is equipped with a trunk or similar compartment that can be securely locked, the non-restricted firearm is in that trunk or compartment and the trunk or compartment is securely locked; and

(b) when the vehicle is not equipped with a trunk or similar compartment that can be securely locked, the non-restricted firearm is not visible from outside the vehicle and the vehicle, or the part that contains the non-restricted firearm, is securely locked.

TRANSPORTATION OF RESTRICTED FIREARMS

11. An individual may transport a restricted firearm only if

(a) it is unloaded;

(b) it is rendered inoperable by means of a secure locking device;

(c) it is in a locked container that is made of an opaque material and is of such strength, construction and nature that it cannot readily be broken open or into or accidentally opened during transportation; and

(d) if it is in a container described in paragraph (c) that is in an unattended vehicle,

(i) when the vehicle is equipped with a trunk or similar compartment that can be securely locked, the container is in that trunk or compartment and the trunk or compartment is securely locked, and

(ii) when the vehicle is not equipped with a trunk or similar compartment that can be securely locked, the vehicle, or the part of the vehicle that contains the container, is securely locked and the container is not visible from outside the vehicle.