Are you 100% sure that your gun licence is currently valid?
To legally possess guns in Ontario, you need a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). This is the document that authorizes you to possess firearms. If you plan on purchasing firearms from a gun store, gun auction, or a private sale, you need to make sure that your PAL is valid and up-to-date for the sale to be legal.
If you hold a valid Possession and Acquisition Licence, you’ll be sent a notice to renew at least 90 days before your licence expires. The quickest and simplest method is to renew online using Individual Web Services. As soon as your application is submitted, it will be acknowledged by the RCMP.
You also have the option of printing your renewal form (RCMP 5614) from the RCMP website and sending it via the regular post. If you don’t have access to the internet, no problem. You can call 1-800-731-4000 and request a form be sent to you through the mail.
Once you receive your PAL application, it should be completed and sent back as quickly as possible to allow for sufficient processing time before your current licence expires.
If you’re renewing a PAL with the same acquisition privileges, then there’s no need to resend your safety training information. This is not the case if you’re applying for a licence with new privileges. For example, if you’re currently licensed for non-restricted firearms only, but now also want to be licensed for restricted firearms, then you must send proof of having met the additional safety training requirements to the RCMP when renewing your PAL.
Even if your PAL has expired, there’s no need to retake any safety training courses. Once you have been issued a licence for the first time, this information will be kept in a federal database, staying there even after your licence expires.
If you fail to renew your PAL on time, you could face a possible 5-year jail sentence for unauthorized possession of a gun.
But before you panic, you should know that, as of November 30th, 2017, gun owners in Ontario have been given a six-month grace period to get their licence up to date. Even if you’ve passed that six-month grace period, chances are you won’t go to jail (although we don’t recommend ever letting your licence expire). Instead, you will have to fill out a separate form, which you can find by clicking here.
If you currently have any restricted or prohibited firearms, a registration certificate is required alongside your PAL.
If your PAL expires, any registration certificates for restricted or prohibited firearms may be revoked. So, it’s especially important for those who have prohibited firearms to renew their licence promptly to minimize the risk of penalties under the Criminal Code for illegal possession of a firearm.
Grandfathering privileges to possess prohibited firearms will only apply if you’ve continuously held a registration certificate for those categories of prohibited firearms. If you want to keep those registration certificates, you must make sure that your licence never expires.
Once you’ve renewed your PAL and everything is up-to-date and in order, come on down to GTA Guns! We offer a variety of services, from our safe storage solutions, our online auctions, to our gunsmithing services, and our professional gun appraisal services.
Whether you’re looking to sell, purchase, or store firearms, our straightforward and headache-free processes will be perfect for you!
GTA Auctioneer December 10th, 2018