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Navigating Canadian Firearms Licensing

In order to purchase firearms and ammunition, you must have completed the required safety courses and received your license. We would love to help you out! Here’s how you get started:

Recommended Course Providers

We recommend the following providers in the Metro Vancouver area:

What Happens in the Course?

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) was developed in partnership with the provinces and territories, national organizations with an interest in firearms safety, and many firearms and hunter education course instructors across Canada.

Canadian law requires that anyone wishing to acquire a non-restricted firearm must take the CFSC and pass the tests.

Those who wish to acquire a restricted firearm must take both the CFSC and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC), and pass the tests.

CFSC (Non-Restricted) Topics Include:

  • The evolution of firearms
    • Major parts
    • Types
    • Actions
  • Basic firearms safety practices
  • Ammunition
  • Operating firearms actions
  • Safe handling and carry procedures
  • Firing techniques and procedures
  • Care of non-restricted firearms
  • Responsibilities of the firearms owner/user
  • Safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted firearms

CRFSC (Restricted) Topics Include:

  • The evolution of firearms
    • Major parts
    • Types
    • Actions
  • Basic firearms safety practices
  • Ammunition
  • Operating handgun actions
  • Handgun firing techniques and procedures
  • Care of restricted firearms
  • Responsibilities of the firearms owner/user
  • Safe storage, display, transportation and handling of restricted firearms

When Can I Buy a Gun?

Once you have physically received your license, you are able to purchase non-restricted firearms, such as shotguns and rifles.

In order to purchase restricted class firearms, such as handguns, you must apply for a Long Term Authorization to Transport (LTATT) for the purpose of Target Shooting. This usually requires membership in an approved range or club.

Confirm when your club or range has been approved by the provincial or territorial CFO (Chief Firearms Officer) by calling 1-800-731-4000.

*Note, this process is currently under review and is subject to change*

Next Step: Buying Your First Gun