Firearms Fees Regulations - Regulations Amending

 
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Vol. 144, No. 11 — May 26, 2010

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SOR/2010-102 May 13, 2010

FIREARMS ACT

Regulations Amending the Firearms Fees Regulations P.C. 2010-568 May 13, 2010

Whereas the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is of the opinion that the changes made to the Firearms Fees Regulations by the annexed Regulations Amending the Firearms Fees Regulations are so immaterial and insubstantial that section 118 of the Firearms Act should not be applicable in the circumstances;

And whereas the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness will, in accordance with subsection 119(4) of the Firearms Act , have a statement of the reasons why he formed that opinion laid before each House of Parliament;

Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, pursuant to paragraph 117(q) of the Firearms Act , hereby makes the annexed Regulations Amending the Firearms Fees Regulations.

REGULATIONS AMENDING THE FIREARMS FEES REGULATIONS

AMENDMENT

  1. Subsection 2.2(4) of the Firearms Fees Regulations is replaced by the following:

    (4) For the purposes of subsections (1) and (3), the period begins on May 17, 2006 and ends on May 16, 2011.

    COMING INTO FORCE

  2. These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.

    REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT

    (This statement is not part of the Regulations.)

    Executive summary

    Issue: These amendments extend three regulatory firearms compliance measures, the Firearms Fees Regulations, the Firearms Licences Regulations and the Order Declaring an Amnesty Period (2006), which, collectively, encourage previously lawful firearms owners to bring themselves back into compliance with federal firearms legislation. Not extending the three measures would have likely deterred some individuals from becoming compliant with federal firearms legislation and undermined public safety.

    Description: These amendments for one year, until May 16, 2011,

    (i) extend the fee waiver associated with renewing or upgrading an existing licence;

    (ii) extend the Possession Only Licence eligibility measure, thereby removing the requirement for previous holders of these licences to take the firearms safety training course and obtain a Possession and Acquisition Licence; and

    (iii) extend the amnesty which protects non-compliant owners of non-restricted firearms from criminal liability while they are taking steps to comply with the licensing and registration requirements of the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code.

    Cost-benefit statement: The fee waiver, along with the licence eligibility and amnesty measures, are intended to increase compliance levels and benefit public safety.

    Business and consumer impacts: There are no business impacts. The focus of these measures is to provide incentives to individuals who are currently not in compliance with federal firearms legislation, so as to encourage compliance. Other firearms stakeholders will not be affected.

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