If you enjoy hunting wild game or fishing, you may be thinking of bringing you firearm or weapon to Canada, or importing one that you have bought outside the country on a trip. If this is the case, there are laws and regulations that you should be aware of that are in place to keep Canada’s residents and visitors safe, and prevent the importation of illegal weapons.
Know that if you do not declare all weapons, firearms and devices, they will be taken from you and you will most likely face criminal charges. Also keep in mind that even if a weapon is purchased legally, you are still required to have all the correct documentation proving that you may possess a firearm or weapon in Canada, and that you are transporting your firearm or weapon to Canada safely.
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As a Resident of, or visitor to Canada, the following Prohibited Weapons cannot under any circumstance:
- Automatic Knives (switchblades)
- Gravity Knives
- Centrifugal Knives (flick, butterfly)
- Belt Buckle Knife (constant companion
- Devices that are less than 30cm that conceal a knife blade (ex: knife-comb)
- Push Daggers
- Spring-loaded Rigid Batons (button or lever triggered)
- Kiyoga/Steel Cobra Batons (spring batons)
- Taser Guns/Stun Guns (480mm or shorter)
- Crossbows (one-handed use, 500mm or shorter)
- Mace/Pepper spray (made for use on humans)
- Nunchaku Sticks
- Throwing Stars (Shuriken)
- Morning Stars
- Brass Knuckles
- Spiked Wrist Bands
- Finger Rings with blades/sharp objects that project from the surface
- Fighting Chains (Manrikigusari/Kusari)
As a resident of, or visitor to Canada, the following Prohibited Devices cannot under any circumstance be imported into the country:
- Devices that have been designed to muffle the sound of a firearm (e.g silencers)
- Bullpup Stocks
- Cartridge magazines above a certain capacity
- Replica Firearms:
- designed or intended to exactly resemble a firearm with almost accurate precision
- most airsoft guns
- firearms that are not reproductions of antique firearms
For more information about Canadian firearms, bring a weapon to, and device laws, or if you are unsure about importing a weapon you own, you can contact the Canada Firearms Center at 1-800-731-4000.
For specific provincial information, Contact the Chief Firearms Officer of that province:
- Prince Edward Island: 902-368-5536
- Nova Scotia: 902-424-4308
- New Brunswick: 506-453-3775
- Quebec: 514-598-4584
- Ontario: 705-329-5522
- Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Yukon Territories, Alberta and Northwest Territories, Manitoba and Nunavut Territory: 1-800-731-4000 (Canada Firearms Center)
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