Be advised that as per the ‘caretaker convention,’ the Alberta Chief Firearms Office (ACFO) will not be physically attending gun shows until the new government is sworn in. While ACFO staff and CFO Bryant will not be physically attending any gun shows, staff will be available to offer a limited operational service to support the legal transaction of firearms by confirming Possession and Acquisition Licences by telephone.
All other operational questions should be directed to [email protected].
Federal buyback program clarification – December 15, 2022
The ACFO has received a large number of questions around the recent announcement, on December 15, 2022, pertaining to the federal buy back program. Please note the following:
It is not legal to use the 2020 OIC prohibited firearms – nor has it been – since May 1, 2020. The protocol relates to being in possession of prohibited firearms after the Amnesty expires on October 30, 2023.
Firearms sales and transfers – October 21, 2022
As of October 21, 2022, individuals and businesses will no longer be able to submit applications to transfer handguns through the Program’s Contact Centre or Business Web Services (BWS), when the buyer is an individual, unless the buyer belongs to one of the identified exempt groups. The Canadian Firearms Program continues to provide firearms owners with the information they need through the RCMP website. Specific details pertaining to handgun regulations can be found at the RCMP website – Recent changes in handgun regulations.
This regulatory provision does not apply in respect of any application for the transfer of a handgun that was submitted before the entry into force of this regulatory amendment”, for example, that was submitted by midnight on the day before the new regulations entered into force which was October 21, 2022.
For further comments, concerns or questions regarding the new policy, please contact Public Safety Canada:
- by telephone for general enquiries at 1-800-830-3118
- by mail at 269 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Canada K1A 0P8 or
- through Public Safety Canada’s electronic form for public enquiries
Alberta’s Chief Firearms Office supports a wide range of firearms services, including:
- licences for individuals
- licences for businesses, museums and other organizations
- firearms registration
- shooting range approvals
- overseeing firearms safety courses
Licences and safety
Alberta’s Chief Firearms Office
Alberta administers the federal Canadian Firearms Program to:
- oversee firearms licences and registration
- maintain provincial firearms safety training standards
- assist and collaborate with law enforcement agencies to help enhance public safety
- inform Albertans about firearms safety
- advocate for law-abiding firearms owners
Alberta’s Chief Firearms Office collaborates with partners to:
- reduce smuggling and straw purchasing
- crack down on firearms theft
- protect Albertans’ property rights
Learn more about Alberta’s Chief Firearms Office
There has been an unprecedented influx of calls to the Canadian Firearms Program and emails to the Alberta Chief Firearms Office regarding firearms sales and transfers.
To reduce delays, ensure you include your PAL number or application number, full name and date of birth when you email [email protected].
Connect with Alberta’s Chief Firearms Office:
Email: [email protected]
Alberta Chief Firearms Office
PO Box 458, Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2K1
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