Canadian government adds two provisions to gun law

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney announced last week changes coming to the Firearms Licensing Act.

On Tuesday the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Steve Blaney, announced two provisions to the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act.

The first provision will see the Possession Only License (POL) eliminated. All existing POL’s will then be converted to Possession of Acquisition Licenses (PAL’s). The goal for this change is to simplify the firearms licensing regiment by eliminating one type of license for audits.

According to a press release, the federal government said that the change will allow for roughly 530,000 POL holders to now have acquisition privileges.

This change will happen automatically with no action required by valid POL holders.

The second change will see the Authorization to Transport (ATT) forms become a condition of a license.

Before this change, the ATT was a separate form from than the original license. This will allow for an easier application process according to the federal government.

For firearm owners who have non-restricted firearms, the ATT will not be required.

“Together, these measures aim to streamline licensing and eliminate needless red tape,” Blaney said in a press release.

All changes will come into effect on September 2, 2015.

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