In light of new federal gun regulations, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation reminds residents of its “Guns for Habitat” program where people can donate unwanted firearms and receive a tax-deductible receipt. tax.
The Liberal government has revised the draft firearms regulations to ensure that someone who buys a firearm does in fact have a valid licence.
When Bill C-71 received royal assent in 2019, the government said it would require sellers to check the validity of a firearms license before selling a non-restricted firearm, such as a rifle or shotgun.
However, the proposed regulations did not include any requirement for a seller to check with the federal Registrar of Firearms to ensure that a potential firearms buyer had a valid license – an omission that drew criticism from from gun control advocates.
The final rule released on Wednesday filled that gap. Starting May 18, sellers will need to confirm the identity of the buyer and verify the validity of their firearms license with the Director of Firearms.
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) encourages anyone with unwanted firearms to contact their central office to arrange pickup by Wednesday. He said he could arrange pickup anywhere in the province.
Working firearms are sold at fundraising events and the proceeds support SWF’s program that acquires and improves wildlife habitat.
The SWF said it would still accept unrestricted firearm donations after that date and would work with the public to facilitate the requirements of the new regulations.
Bill C-71 also requires sellers to keep records of non-restricted firearms transactions.
Additionally, the legislation extends background checks that would determine eligibility for a firearms license to a person’s entire lifetime, not just the past five years.