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Re: It's A Sad Day - The Virginia Tech Massacre.
4/19/2007 3:25 PM
Ed LeFave (30168) wrote:
Jen wrote : I have heard that in Canada it is legal to own and carry a gun, yet they have an extremely low rate of murders caused by guns.
We are allowed to own guns but we need to have a Firearms Aquisition Certificate.
Bassically what that is is a licence to own and/or purchase firearms.
To obtain this certificate,we must complete and pass the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.
To obtain a handgun,we must complete a seperate course along with the Firearms Safety Course.
Both of these have substantial fees attached.
If you are looking to use the firearms for hunting (long guns only...handguns can only be used legally at a range) then you must complete and pass a Hunter Safety Course.
The police also do background checks on you.
So,all that said,we as Canadian citizens cannot carry a gun at all times.
Handguns can only be brought "directly to and from a range" and you need proper paperwork for that.
Also,when transporting said handgun it must be locked with a trigger lock and inside a locked gun case.
Long guns are generally used during the hunting season,but must be in a gun case while in transport....no pickup rear window gunracks here
Of course I'm speaking about Nova Scotia...each province has it's own perculiars regarding the firearms laws...but there are NO provinces that allow handgun carry (other than to and from a gun range...with proper paperwork)
Now,that said,I suppose one could illegally do it,I know I've been rabbit hunting with a buddy of mine who routinely brings his .22 semi auto handgun
It's GREAT for me,cause he can't hit running rabbits with it
But I wouldn't want to be in his shoes if he ever got caught
I'm unsure of the murder per capita rate...suppose I'll have to Google that one,but I think it's pretty low....at least I think so....not sure.
As of right now,ALL guns have to registered with the National Firearms Registry...they are trying to abolish the long gun registry,but that's a whole nother debate
So there's a little Canadian gun law info for ya
Hope it helps