Japanese Handguns and Canadian Gun Laws
To buy any gun in
An additional complication is our
ban on handguns with barrels under 105mm (4.14”). Those who owned such handguns
when the ban came in can keep them and buy and sell amongst themselves, but no
new owners are allowed and no new “short-barreled” handguns are allowed into
the country. This ban affects the Baby Nambu and Type
94, Hamada, etc. The same ban also covers anything in .25 or .32 calibres, which also cuts out some of the more obscure
and/or foreign guns used by the Japanese. Fortunately I am grandfathered and
can acquire these guns IF they are already in
Handguns with barrels over 105mm can
be imported into
For Canadians who want to figure out the rules or non-Canadians with a morbid curiosity about our system, here’s a link to the Canadian government’s official website on firearms laws and regulations: Canada Firearms Program
On May 17, 2006, the new Conservative government declared an amnesty so that owners of unregistered long guns (most rifles and shotguns) will not face prosecution. However, the registry continues to exist until they introduce and pass legislation to do away with long gun registration (it appears registration of handguns and some other specialty firearms will continue). The passage of such legislation cannot be taken for granted, since the Conservatives are in a weak minority position in the House of Commons. The amnesty expires May 17, 2006, so if the legislation doesn’t pass by then, the requirement for registration will come back into force unless the amnesty is extended. For more details on this and other recent changes, please see the Canada Firearms Centre link above.
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Last Updated: May 31, 2006.