What to do with a gun you don’t want or need

(NC) It’s the time of year to declutter and spring clean. For many of us that can include the gun cabinet. If you have any firearms sitting around the house that are no longer wanted, here are some options.

If you’re thinking of transferring, selling or giving it to a new owner, remember that in Canada a firearm may only be transferred or sold to:

  • An adult aged 18 or older with a Possession and Acquisition Licence that is valid for the specific class of firearm.
  • A business, museum or other organization that holds a firearms business license.
  • A public service agency such as a police force, police academy or certain government departments or agencies.

When getting rid of a gun, it is important that you don’t:

  • Throw guns or ammunition (even spent) in the trash.
  • Simply give the gun to someone else; new rules require you to verify the person has a valid licence with the Registrar of Firearms first.
  • Bring any firearms into a police station; instead, call them to arrange a safe drop off or pick up.

When it comes to giving up a gun, there are many legal options, including selling, exporting, deactivating or disposing through the police. Decide which is the best option for you and follow through using the appropriate channels within the Canadian Firearms Program.

Find more information on gun safety in Canada at canada.ca/firearms.

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