June 9, 2020
What’s the difference between Non-Restricted and Restricted firearms?
Information & Education | Regulations
Are you new to the gun world? If so, then you’ve definitely heard the terms Non-Restricted and Restricted flying around. But what do those mean and what is the difference?
Well, Non-Restricted and Restricted refer to the different classifications of firearms. There are actually 3 different classes of firearms Non-Restricted, Restricted and Prohibited. But for the sake of this posting, we’ll only be going over the first 2.
Non-Restricted firearms typically refer to long guns such as shotguns or rifles, but this is not always the case.
If a firearm is not Restricted, nor Prohibited, then it’s likely classified as Non-Restricted.
Sound confusing? Let’s discuss how a Restricted firearm is classified and things will make a bit more sense when it comes to how the Non-Restricted firearms are classified.
These firearms are typically handguns. As per the RCMP’s website on firearms classifications, a Restricted firearm is classified in thew following way:
- Handguns that are not prohibited firearms
- Firearms that:
- are not prohibited firearms
- have a barrel less than 470 mm in length
- are capable of discharging centre-fire ammunition in a semi-automatic manner
- Firearms designed or adapted to be fired when reduced to a length of less than 660 mm by folding, telescoping or otherwise
- Firearms of any other kind prescribed to be restricted firearms in the Regulations
Now let’s say you have a firearm which is Non-Restricted but you want to change the barrel. Well, if the barrel falls under the 470mm in length, then it would need to be reclassified as a Restricted firearm.
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