Amendments to the Storage, Display, Transportation and Handling of Firearms by Individuals Regulations, and the Storage, Display and Transportation of Firearms and Other Weapons by Businesses Regulations

Enabling Act(s)

The Firearms Act (s. 117 (h)) provides authority for the proposed regulatory initiative.


The firearm storage regulations for individuals and businesses will be amended to include strengthened secure storage and display measures aimed at deterring firearm theft and reducing diversion to the illicit market.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Enhanced storage requirements for firearms will have financial impacts on firearm owners and businesses coming into compliance with the new secure storage regulations.


Consultations may be held in fiscal year 2021-22 with affected stakeholders in the firearms industry.

Further information

Thefts from residences and firearm businesses represent a growing domestic source of illegally acquired firearms. Since 2009, break and enters to steal a firearm have more than tripled. In 2018, there were 3,504 reported break and enters involving the theft of firearms. Of those, most firearms reported stolen were rifles and most incidents involved the theft of multiple firearms.

Departmental contact information

Manager, Firearms Policy
Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 2021.

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