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We often have people ask if there are any guidelines that they should follow when they are buying or selling a firearm. Today we are going to go through what those common practices might look like and steps you can take to protect yourself when buying or selling firearms privately.
Tips for the Buyer:
1. Really look at the pictures. What does the advertisement look like? Does it look like someone took a picture of the firearm or does it look like it’s they may have taken it off of a business’s website or off of the internet? Ask for specific shots of the firearm to verify it is legitimate and in their possession.
2. Does the price seem too good to be true for the firearm being sold? If so, it probably is, err on the side of caution.
If you decide that the advertisement is valid and the person you are corresponding with is local and you wish to meet up to complete the exchange, do so in a public area, don’t provide them with your address. Depending on where you live there may be a designated swap spot at your local police detachment that is specifically for online exchanges, call first to verify.
Trust your instincts when setting up a meeting, if you have any safety concerns don’t be afraid to cancel.
Tips for the Seller:
1. Never accept payment in the form of a cheque or a money order, these can be canceled or bounce. Instead, stick to cash, credit card, or e-transfer payments then you can confirm receipt of payment before handing over the item.
For both parties:
1. Ensure that the person you are dealing with has a valid Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for the type of firearm which they are looking to obtain or sell, you can do this by calling into the Canadian Firearms Program’s (CFP) toll-free number 1-800-731-4000.
2. If you are buying or selling on Firearms Canada or any other online websites, check user ratings to see that the person you are corresponding with has a solid background and that you can trust them. Talk to people that they have had previous dealings with to reduce your risk.
3. Be cautious of vague initial inquiries that may be general and not specific to your firearm or watch for poor grammar or spelling, this could raise red flags that it may be a scam.
When a transaction is for a Non-Restricted firearm to another individual, besides verifying their PAL, nothing further is required. However, if it is a Restricted or Prohibited firearm, you must call into the CFP to initiate the transfer sequence. This can be done by calling their toll-free number. When doing so you will need the following information to initiate this transfer:
- Full Legal name of the person that the firearm is being transferred to,
- PAL number, and
- Purpose of acquiring firearm set out in section 28 of the Firearms Act which includes, but is not limited to
- target practice,
- target shooting competitions,
- or as a collector
In order to legally purchase, possess, or transport a Restricted firearm you must either have a Long Term Authorization to Transport or have that condition attached to your PAL. To obtain this you need to be a member of a CFP approved gun club or gun range and send proof of your membership into the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) of your Province who will review the transfer to ensure that the transferee is acquiring the firearm for one of the permitted purposes mentioned above. The Silvercore Shooting club is a federal club that also includes 10 million in liability insurance throughout North America which satisfies this requirement (Silvercore Shooting Club).
Once the transfer has been completed, both parties will receive a confirmation notice by mail to advise that the transfer has been completed and the new registration certificate will be mailed to the new owner within the following weeks.
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Have you noticed the little symbols which can be found on the top of each category of the Firearms Canada website? This is called an RSS Feed and by clicking on it you can subscribe to a category that interests you most and receive an alert for any new content specific to that feed.
What is an RSS Feed?
RSS feed stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, which is essentially simple text files that when submitted to feed directories, will allow subscribers to see new content once it’s been added.
This means that you won’t have to search through feeds on Firearms Canada and try to determine what is new and what is old, you will automatically get updates for new items posted, so long as you have subscribed to that RSS feed.
What do I need to subscribe to an RSS feed?
To subscribe to an RSS feed you will need something called a feed reader which can group your content based on its category to be read and viewed effortlessly.
A feed reader or feed aggregator is a way to view all your feeds at one time via one interface. There are many different types of feed readers, some are web-based which means you view content from your internet browser using a specific feed reader. Some internet browsers will also have built-in feed readers, while others come in the form of an application on your computer desktop. There are also feed readers available for those of you that like to use your mobile device to view things and also email based feed readers that you can adjust the frequency of notifications for.
Follow the steps below to set up your RSS Feed on Firearms Canada. You can click the pictures below to enlarge them.
Step 1: Login to your Firearms Canada Account and go to the main page of the website.
Step 2: Click on a category of interest to you that you want RSS feed updates for.
Categories on Firearms Canada include:
- Air Rifles/ Pistols and Paintball,
- Ammo and Reloading,
- Antique / Memorabilia,
- Bows / Crossbows,
- Firearms- Non-Restricted,
- Firearms – Prohibited,
- Firearms – Restricted,
- Gear and Equipment,
- Knives, Swords, Bayonets,
- Optics, and
- Parts / Accessories and Cleaning Supplies
Step 3: Click on the RSS Feed symbol in the desired category on Firearms Canada. When you do this, coding will be generated in your web browser, you won’t need to do anything with this.
Step 4A: If you do not have a feed reader, then you will need to select the URL that shows up in your web browser for the feed you selected on and copy it.
Step 4B: If you do have a feed reader, you may have a box pop up like the one illustrated in the picture below to subscribe to that feed without using the URL link.
Step 5A: If you do not have a feed reader, you will need to get one. This can be done by doing a simple Google Search for “Feed Readers” and once you have selected a feed reader that best suits your wants and needs you will need to paste the URL you copied from the feed and put it into your feed reader (as outlined in Step 4A). This will subscribe you to that feed.
Step 5B: If you have a feed reader, and you have clicked Subscribe (as outlined in Step 4B) you can then click on the symbol for RSS Feeds to view updates. The feed reader illustrated in the picture below is of a built-in browser feed reader which is an extension for Google Chrome.
Step 6: When viewing ads through the feed reader, if you find one of interest you would like to contact the seller about or want additional information on, you can click on the link for the ad which will re-direct you to the ad listing on the website.
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Recently we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries as to registering for an account on Firearms Canada. To clarify the signup process, we’ve created an easy to follow step by step tutorial.
Step 1: Go to the main page of Firearms Canada
This can be found here: https://firearmscanada.com/
Step 2: Input the username you wish to have and the email you would like to use for the account.
Step 3: You will then have to select “I am not a robot” and answer the Captcha. Once complete, submit the form.
Step 4: You will get a green confirmation notice at the top of the login page. This will let you know that an email has been sent to you with your login details.
Step 5: Check your email. IMPORTANT: If you don’t see the email in your Inbox, be sure to check your ‘Junk’ mailbox. It’s very common for emails to filter out these types of automatic emails. Once you have located the email you will click on the first link.
Step 6: Put in your username and the password issued to you by the automated email and log in.
Step 7: Start your posting and enjoy the website
If you have any suggestions or special requests for a step by step tutorial blog that you would like to see, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We’ve implemented a lot of features in the last 6 months and we’d like to make sure that our members are able to take advantage of them, so we’re including How-To’s in our Blog!
“Bump your Ad” is exactly as it sounds, you can bump your ad to the top of the ad listings when searching query results. This increases the chance of your ad being viewed more and sets active posters apart from other sellers. Please note that when looking to use this feature, you will have to wait 72 hours after the initial posting of a new ad before you can bump it to the top, if it hasn’t reached that time period yet you won’t see the option to bump your ad. Please be aware there is a nominal fee of $0.99 for bumping your ad. Continue reading …
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