A few years ago, when my wife and I first moved to Canada, we took a gun-safety class.
There were no online databases to help us, no information about how to purchase a gun online.
We also learned a lot about gun safety in the first few weeks.
Our instructor was the very kind of person who’d told us that, for us, “being safe is more important than ever before.”
The day after that lesson, she drove to our house with a handgun she bought online.
We had never met her, and the two of us didn’t even know what to call her.
It was the most terrifying experience of our lives.
We’re still dealing with it.
I can’t wait for the day when I can buy a handgun online.
But we’re not alone.
As we speak, another Canadian family is taking another gun-training class at a Vancouver shooting range.
As Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday next week, it’s worth taking a look at the history of gun ownership in Canada and the country’s gun laws.
A quick note on Canada’s gun lawWhile gun laws in Canada are not as strict as those in other countries, many of the countrys gun laws do not require background checks, permits or insurance.
It’s important to remember that some of the gun laws we know and love do not apply to Canadians, and are not subject to the same standards of review and accountability that the rest of the world’s gun regulations are.
Here are some gun-related facts you might not know about Canada’s laws.
In the United States, gun ownership is restricted to the owner’s home.
While in Canada, guns are often sold legally on the internet, through gun shops, and at gun shows.
Some of the most popular gun shows are in Vancouver, and many Canadians enjoy visiting these venues.
If you buy a firearm from a licensed gun dealer, the seller must undergo a background check, and they can’t sell the firearm without a licence.
The seller has to also have a permit to carry a firearm.
The federal government does not have any rules or regulations about the ownership of firearms in Canada.
In a 2014 report, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) pointed out that the gun control laws in many Canadian provinces are “far more restrictive” than the laws in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
The CCPA report concluded that, in general, Canada has more restrictive gun laws than the United State.
“A number of factors influence Canadian gun laws, including the lack of a national registry, high levels of gun-fuelled violence and a relatively small number of firearms dealers,” the report states.
Canada has no national firearm licensing system.
The countrys laws are also a bit more complicated than those in the US and the UK.
For example, in the UK, if you buy an assault rifle from a private seller, you can’t take it with you anywhere else, so you need a licence from the police.
You also need to obtain a permit from a provincial firearms licensing authority (MPLA) before you can buy an individual rifle.
In Canada, you’re only allowed to carry one gun at a time.
It also doesn’t make sense to carry multiple weapons in a car if you’re carrying a concealed weapon.
The RCMP is responsible for issuing a licence, and if you need to carry more than one weapon at a particular time, you’ll need a permit.
The gun laws that exist in Canada aren’t as strict in other Western countries.
The US, for example, allows guns for recreational use, and for hunting, but requires people to obtain an “assault rifle” licence, which allows them to carry firearms for recreational purposes.
There are some exceptions to the general gun laws: You can carry a concealed firearm if it’s an “authorized weapon” (for example, a hunting rifle, an archery firearm or a replica firearm), and you can take an AR-15 rifle, a shotgun or a high-capacity magazine firearm.
In other words, you could be allowed to own a firearm if you have the appropriate permission from the RCMP.
There is a ban on semi-automatic weapons, but there’s no specific law banning them.
In some Western countries, like the UK and the US, semi-automatics are legal.
But there are some restrictions on how you can own firearms.
Some countries, such as the US or Canada, allow the ownership or possession of firearms without a permit, but not for hunting or recreational purposes (e.g. if you want to shoot at wildlife, or shoot with a shotgun).
In Canada and elsewhere, it is against the law to knowingly possess or use a firearm without the necessary permits.
That includes: owning a firearm in a manner that is likely to cause death or serious injury, or using a firearm to commit a crime (e., carrying a firearm for a prohibited purpose, etc.)If you are