Answers for gun owners, collectors, sellers, insurers, lawyers, and estate executors

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Frequently Asked Questions

Estate laws may vary by province, but the Canadian Firearms Act states a trustee, administrator, or executor generally has the same rights the deceased had to possess firearms even if the executor is not personally licensed to possess a firearm. However, if you are under a court-ordered prohibition from possessing firearms, you cannot take possession of any estate firearm.

If the deceased did not have a valid firearms license and a registration certificate for their restricted or prohibited firearm, as executor of the estate, you may be in violation of what the Canadian Firearms Act states, and therefore, are at risk of being held criminally accountable unless you act to quickly comply with the law.

If you are the executor of an estate and do not hold a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), you have up to 60 days in which to liquidate the firearms, or you can have them stored at a licensed facility. For widows, heirs, and estate executors who have firearms bequeathed to them, and as of January 1, 2016, the Canada Revenue Agency requires you to have estate firearms professionally appraised before the will may be probated.

GTA Guns and Gear Auctions also provides firearms appraisals, transportation, and insured safe storage services. Contact us for more information.

GTA Guns and Gear Auctions is happy to host an exclusive firearms auction for any large collection of restricted, non-restricted, and prohibited gun collections. Contact us for more information.


If the firearms in question are classified as non-restricted firearms (ordinary rifles or shotguns), they do not have to be registered. If the firearms you are responsible for are restricted firearms (handguns, semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, and others restricted by Criminal Code regulations) or prohibited firearms (handguns with a barrel length of 105 mm or less or that discharge .25 or .32 calibre ammunition, altered rifles or shotguns, fully automatics, converted automatics) they must be registered with the RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Program within 14 days.

To complete registration, you must provide the authorities with:

A completed form RCMP 6016 Declaration of Authority to Act on Behalf of an Estate

  • A copy of the deceased’s death certificate
  • A copy of the executor’s letter of appointment
  • The names, addresses, and copies of photo identification of all beneficiaries if the firearms and ammunition are to be transferred as per testamentary stipulations of law of intestate succession

GTA Guns and Gear Auctions provides these services for executors and widows. Please contact us to get started.

As a widow or eligible heir to an estate who does not want to keep the firearm(s) left to you, you have several options available, including:

  • Selling or giving the firearm to a legally entitled individual, business, or museum
  • Storing the firearm in a legally recognized and secured facility
  • Having the firearm deactivated by a certified gunsmith
  • Contact your local police department to have the firearm disposed of

GTA Guns and Gear Auctions can appraise, sell, transport, store, or deactivate any firearm you wish to divest yourself of. Please contact us.

As per Canadian laws, anyone wishing to acquire a restricted, non-restricted, or prohibited firearm must be 18 years of age or older, and have a valid PAL with the appropriate privileges. You must also notify the Office of the Chief Firearms Officer in your province or territory, and register non-restricted and prohibited firearms with the RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Program. GTA Guns and Gear Auctions provides these services. Please contact us to get started.


Yes. The GTA Guns and Gear Auctions team provides professional appraisals on both estate firearms for executors and for owners’ insurance policy coverage and claims.

Some vintage or antique guns do not require a firearms license. We can help you identify and appraise vintage or antique firearms. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, an antique firearm is any firearm manufactured before 1898 that was not designed or re-designed to discharge rim-fire or centre-fire ammunition. Persons who own only antique or vintage firearms do not need a firearms license, and they are not required to register their antique firearms with the RCMP.

We are firearms enthusiasts and experts. Through our team of certified gunsmiths, and our proprietary GUNCHECK™ verification process, we provide collectors and buyers with the in-depth information and transparent appraisal services they need to determine whether or not to bid on an item up for auction. That gives our customers who are selling their guns a better chance at making a final sale. Furthermore, we are located within 30 minutes of Canada’s most populous city and region, and our real-time, online auctions attract potential buyers from around the world.

Buying or selling used firearms can be difficult. For starters, many private sellers lack the expertise to provide detailed information and documentation, and high-quality photographs of the items they wish to sell. Furthermore, there are many laws and regulations you must abide by if you intend to sell, give, or trade a restricted or prohibited firearm to a new owner. Assuming you intend to sell your gun to a buyer located in Canada, there are significant risks involved ranging from fraud to selling your firearm below its actual market value. Those risks increase if you wish to sell and transport a firearm to another country. And then there’s a question of market demand. How many genuinely interested buyers can you find on your own?

With respect to selling your gun collection via a used gun retailer, in all likelihood you will earn less money on the sale by doing so.

Online and live auctions, on the other hand, attract large, international and local audiences of interested buyers who register to bid on available items. GTA Guns and Gear Auctions handles all aspects of the buying and selling process for its customers and we ensure all financial transactions are conducted swiftly and legally.

GTA Guns and Gear Auctions follows a number of steps for all the firearms and related merchandise we receive to sell via auction:

  • We catalogue your item(s) and provide you with a receipt evidencing your ownership
  • We thoroughly clean the firearm
  • We take a series of internal and external photographs of the firearm or related items
  • A certified gunsmith thoroughly inspects the firearm and appraises it via our proprietary GUNCHECK™ verification process
  • The information and photographs of the firearm and related items are posted on our website for pre-auction
  • On auction day, the items are transported to the auction site to be put on display at that location and online
  • Once sold online or at our auction site, the firearm and related items are either picked up by the new owner or shipped to the new owner
  • You will receive payment from the sale thereafter, minus applicable fees for GTA Guns and Gear Auctions’ services

Just call us. We will sell them for you legally, and send you the winning bid price less our standard fees.

Yes. GTA Guns and Gear Auctions sells restricted, non-restricted, and prohibited firearms. We also take care of all the legal paperwork required to sell any type of firearm in Canada.

Yes. GTA Guns Gear and Auctions provides a secure, insured storage facility for all types of firearms (restricted, non-restricted, and prohibited) in accordance with the law. We can protect and safely store your firearms for any period of time that you require. We also provide a firearms transportation service to pickup your firearms for storage.

Our expert team of firearms enthusiasts and gunsmiths will thoroughly clean, inspect, and appraise your vintage firearm via our proprietary GUNCHECK™ verification process. It will then be prominently displayed on our website and on Proxibid, our online auction partner. On the day of the auction, your vintage firearm will be on display for hundreds of interested collectors and buyers to view and bid on.

For any other question you have concerning the buying, selling, transporting, and storing of any restricted, non-restricted, or prohibited firearm, please call us. We would be happy to assist you.