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Common practices when buying and selling a firearm

Announcement June 1, 2018

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:

  1. Full Legal name of the person that the firearm is being transferred to,
  2. PAL number, and
  3. Address,
  4. Purpose of acquiring firearm set out in section 28 of the Firearms Act which includes, but is not limited to
    1. target practice,
    2. target shooting competitions,
    3. 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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RSS Feed Tutorial

Training April 26, 2018

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:

  1. Air  Rifles/ Pistols and Paintball,
  2. Ammo and Reloading,
  3. Antique / Memorabilia,
  4. Bows / Crossbows,
  5. Firearms- Non-Restricted,
  6. Firearms – Prohibited,
  7. Firearms – Restricted,
  8. Gear and Equipment,
  9. Knives, Swords, Bayonets,
  10. Optics, and
  11. 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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SMS Notifications Tutorial

Training March 14, 2018

As a seller on Firearms Canada you can add a mobile number to your account. When another member tries to contact you using the inquiry form you will receive an instant SMS Notification. You won’t have to miss out on a deal with another member again. This feature is optional, so if you want to continue receiving only emails you can leave the phone number field blank.

To activate this feature on your account follow the steps below to set up your mobile number to have SMS notifications.

Step 1: When on the homepage of Firearms Canada, click on “My Dashboard” which can be found at the top right corner.

Step 2: You will then scroll down to Dashboard options and click on the “Edit Profile” option.

Step 3: This will take you to all your Profile Details. Scroll down to almost the very bottom of the page and you will find the “Mobile Number” field. You will then want to type in the number you wish to receive SMS messages on.

Step 4: Receive SMS Notifications to your mobile device.

Standard SMS rates may apply. Please note that you may opt out of SMS Notifications through your profile settings on Firearms Canada at any time by following the first 2 Steps above and then removing the phone number instead of adding it as mentioned in Step 3.

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Featured Ad’s

Training January 22, 2018

Are you looking for a quick sale or do you need your ad to stand out? Featuring your Ad is a great way to do that!

By using the “Featured Ad” attribute your ad will have a ribbon across the top left corner and a highlighted red background which is just another way to make your posting stand out from other regular ads. It will also show up in the Featured Listings at the top of the front page of the website. This way your ad will still be on the first page even if its not a newer ad anymore. Continue reading …

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Bump Up Your Ad

Training December 22, 2017

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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Improved User Rating System

Announcement December 7, 2017

You asked, we listened.  Firearms Canada has greatly improved it’s user rating system, and the best part is that we were able to retain all of your old reviews in the process!

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Easy Ways to Promote Your Firearms on Firearms Canada

Announcement August 17, 2017

Easy Ways to Promote Your Firearms on Firearms Canada!

1. Choose Your Words Wisely

When listing your item on Firearms Canada, choose your wording carefully and use the right keywords. Keep your title concise, but use as many descriptive words as you effectively can, so that your item will appear in more searches. The more descriptive you are, the fewer questions you’ll have to deal with from possible buyers. To find the right keywords, consider all of the terms you might use to describe the item, and then fit the words together. For example, instead of “Remington 870,” use “Remington 870 Express Synthetic Pump Action Shotgun.” Do a search in Firearms Canada to look for examples of similar listings with a lot of activity.

2. Be Honest

Always tell the truth on the items that you are trying to sell, you’ll gain a better reputation on Firearms Canada. Improving your reputation will boost sales. Reputation is very important in the Firearms Canada community. People are often tempted to complain, and it’s very easy to get negative comments that can hurt you long term. So if there’s a scratch or dent on an item, be upfront about it. While you might make a few sales at lower prices, hiding imperfections will cost you even more in the long run. Some buyers are even looking for some used or refurbished items that they can fix up, but no one likes being surprised by an item in poor condition.

3. Create a Professional Listing

With any business, the more professional you look, the more people will trust you. Make sure you have good pictures of your item and a clear, well-written description. A bulleted list in your description will be very attractive for potential buyers. You’ll catch more attention with short, informative lines that don’t waste time or take up a lot of space.

4. Take Good Pictures

Don’t go crazy with pictures; quality is far more important than quantity. Photos are a great tool for sales, but you don’t need more than three per item.

Posting pictures that have visual appeal will attract potential buyers. Make sure that your pictures represent the item well by taking pictures from all sides and angles. Use an appropriate amount of lighting, and use a neutral background. Remember, no one wants to see your item in the context of your messy house. Do not post any blurry pictures. If your item does have an imperfection, take a picture of it.

5. Set the Right Price

Set the best price for your item. Do some research on the type of firearm or accessory you are trying to sell and set the price accordingly.

6. Website Activity  

In maintaining your activity on Firearms Canada you are engaging in advertising for your business at a low cost as the website itself is advertised on a regular basis through various sources such as firearm magazines/news papers and monthly gun shows and much more. 

7. Be Clear about Your Policies

To avoid any confusion and to maintain your reputation, make sure your listing is clear about any policies that you may have, on returns and shipping for example. You don’t want to waste time dealing with an upset customer because you weren’t open about your policies upfront. That’s time you could be spending on selling another item.

If practicable, use a seven-day return policy that requires customers to pay for half of the shipping costs. Customers are more likely to take a chance on your item if they know that they can return it, but if they have to pay for part of the return shipping, they’re less likely to take advantage of you.

8. Ship Smartly, and Don’t Inflate the Cost

If buyers see an unreasonable shipping cost, they won’t even give your item a chance. In fact, if the actual shipping cost is low, take the loss and don’t charge them for it. Free shipping is very attractive to potential buyers.

9. Practice Good Customer Service

In the Firearms Canada community, providing good customer service goes a long way. Maintaining good relationships within the site will build a good reputation for yourself as a seller and for the site which will drive more potential buyers.

Respond to your buyers’ questions in a timely manner. Even if you don’t have the answer right away let them know you have received the enquiry and that you will get back to them. Promptly send your invoices, and let your buyers know when their item is on the way.

Be kind and courteous, just like you’d expect to be treated. Work with your buyers if there are some special circumstances that are within reason.

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Special Bulletin for Businesses No. 72

Announcement July 14, 2017

Background

The maximum capacity of a cartridge magazine is set out in Part 4 of the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited or Restricted.  The Regulations prescribe “prohibited devices”, and a magazine that has a capacity which exceeds the maximum permitted capacity is a prohibited device. Businesses can be in possession of prohibited devices if appropriately licensed.  However, individuals may not possess prohibited devices.

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Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act

Announcement July 14, 2017

 

Full Text 

On June 18, 2015, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, highlighted the Royal Assent of the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act.This legislation amends the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code.

The news release published by Public Safety Canada provided the following information:

Effective immediately, these changes to the Firearms Act and the Criminal Codedo the following:

  • Make classroom participation in firearms safety courses mandatory for first-time licence applicants;
  • Provide for the discretionary authority of Chief Firearms Officers (CFOs) to be subject to the regulations;
  • Strengthen the Criminal Code provisions relating to orders prohibiting the possession of firearms where a person is convicted of an offence involving domestic violence; and
  • Provide the Governor in Council with the authority to prescribe firearms to be non-restricted or restricted (such prescribing would be informed by independent expert advice).

Within the next several months, upon a date fixed by an order in council, the following changes will come into effect:

  • Creation of a six-month grace period at the end of the five-year licence period to stop people from immediately becoming criminalized for paperwork delays around license renewals;
  • Elimination of the Possession Only Licence (POL) and conversion of all existing POLs to Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs);
  • Authorizations to Transport become a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities such as target shooting; taking a firearm home after a transfer; going to a gunsmith, gun show, a Canadian port of exit; or a peace officer or a Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) for verification, registration or disposal; and
  • Sharing of firearms import information when restricted and prohibited firearms are imported into Canada by businesses.

Ce bulletin est aussi disponible en français

 

Legislative Summary of Bill C-42: An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts * Full Text

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CRITIQUE OF CANADA FIREARMS PROGRAM 2014 FIESD ANNUAL REPORT

Announcement July 11, 2017

 

By Gary A. Mauser and Dennis R.Young – June 22, 2017

To start from the beginning, we were both shocked when we saw claims like this one appear in newspapers published across the country:

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List of Restricted and Prohibited Firearms

Policy, Regulation and Law June 29, 2017

List of Restricted and Prohibited Firearms – Updated 2017-03-06

Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-RestrictedList of Restricted and Prohibited Firearms – Date modified: 2017-03-06

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Magazine Attached to or Inserted Into the Firearm

Policy, Regulation and Law June 29, 2017

Cartridge Magazine Attached to or Inserted Into the Firearm

A lot of people have been looking for the regulations surrounding loaded vs unloaded firearms.  Below is the percent section of the regulation as well as links to the original documents. 

Storage, Display, Transportation and Handling of Firearms by Individuals Regulations

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Thank you Wolfstrack!

Announcement May 22, 2017

While this site has many supportive members and admin, I would like to take a moment to publicly acknowledge one who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help ensure the sites security and access to all.

Firearms Canada’s admin and members would like to publicly thank Wolfstrack for his tireless efforts as lead moderator of this site!

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Recurring Questions

Announcement May 15, 2017

“I can’t upload a picture to my ad”

Recently, Firearms Canada has increased the maximum allowable upload size of pictures to 2mb.  Remember to check the size of the photo you are trying to upload to ensure it is smaller than the 2mb.

“I tried to log in but the site said that I was banned!”

If you were banned from Firearms Canada, you would likely know about it as you should have been given a reason.  Firearms Canada employs several different security measures to help safeguard your use of the site, and sometimes those measures can be a little over protective.  Two of the most common reasons we have seen users being blocked from the site are:

1- Excessive failed login attempts
2- Your IP is blocked or blacklisted

If the login attempts on your account match what would generally be described as “suspicious” Firearms Canada will automatically lock your account.  You will need to contact us through http://firearmscanada.com/contact-us/ to have your account reset.

Firearms Canada also geo-restricts the majority of countries outside of Canada.  While this hurts SEO, it is done for the sake of users security.  Sorry, if you happen to be in Nigeria and are trying to access this site, you won’t be able to.

Like humans, automated security features aren’t perfect and sometimes, the tight geo-restrictions will catch legitimate users inside of Canada.  This can occur if you are using a proxy server, if your internet provider has an IP in an area the system deems as restricted (this sometimes occurs with satellite internet connections) or if you are using an IP that the site has previously associated with suspicious behaviour.  Particularly with dynamic IP’s, while you may have access on day, you may unknowingly inherit an IP tomorrow that has been blacklisted.  This isn’t common, but it has happened.

If this is the case, you will need to type “what is my ip” into Google, or whatever search engine you use, and provide the number is gives you to us through the contact form above.  We will then be able to determine if this is the cause of the ban.

“I can’t remember my username or password”

This is an easy one to fix as Firearms Canada has an automated tool to deal with that.  Simply click the link and enter your details and reset instructors will be sent to your account.  Make sure to allow emails from @firearmscanada.com and check your spam / junk mail in in the event your instructors land there.

Remember, you can log in with either your username or your email address associated with your username!

http://firearmscanada.com/password-recovery/

 

“I am having problems logging in, or using a site feature”

Firearms Canada will lock you out of your account for 10 minutes if too many unsuccessful login attempts have been made.  You won’t have to do anything other than wait the 10 minutes to try logging in again.  If you have lost your password, follow the password recovery link above.

We have had reports that some versions of Internet Explorer have caused issues with site access. We strongly recommend trying another browser such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari to dextrine if this is causing the problem.

If you experience issues logging in, or being logged out in certain areas of the site, please clear your internet cache and cookies to rectify the issue.

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General Internet Fraud Awareness and Firearms Canada Etiquette

Announcement May 11, 2017

General Internet Fraud Awareness and Firearms Canada Etiquette 

Always follow all laws and regulations.  A legitimate buyer or seller will not ask you to circumvent the law, the sties rules, or your personal sense of right and wrong.  Remember, you are legally required to verify the legitimacy of a buyer or sellers firearms licence.  Use the Canadian Firearms Program hotline to initiate transfers, or ask any questions you may have about firearms laws.  It is recommended that the verification of the other persons firearms licence be done before any money is exchanged.

Canadian Firearms Program – 1-800-731-4000

Trust your gut instincts.  If a deal is too good to be true, it very well may be.  If the user you are dealing with does not communicate in a way that you would normally feel comfortable communicating in person, this should raise warning flags.

Help keep the site safe for others. Report suspicious or fraudulent activity IMMEDIATELY!

Never publicly disseminate your personal information.  Your phone number, email address, mailing address and other personal information should only be transmitted though the private messaging system.

Always review the users feedback.  While feedback can not be relied upon alone, it can give a better understanding of the users past performance.

Wanted ads can be a target for scammers who would take advantage of your sense of urgency.  Protect yourself by requesting unique pictures of the item in question, perhaps with other household items of your choosing or next to the users computer screen displaying their account profile to minimize the chance that you are being shown a generic image from the internet.

There are online tools that you can use such as Tin Eye or Google Images to reverse search an image to help determine if a picture is unique or taken from somewhere else on the internet.

When posting or privately sending pictures, be sure to remove the EXIF data which may contain personal information such as location where the picture was taken.

Always set clear rules for the transaction to be complete.  The condition of the item, how and when monies will be paid and how and when the item will be exchanged need to be mutually agreed upon before closing the deal.

Do not respond to solicitations made outside of the Firearms Canada private messaging system.

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How to leave feedback for users who don’t currently have an active ad

Announcement June 5, 2013

Leaving feedback for a user on Firearms Canada is a breeze when the user has an active ad.  Simply click there username and then rate the user or read their feedback.  If a user does not have an active ad, but you know their username, you can input their username at the end of the following URL: http://www.firearmscanada.com/author/

For example, my username is Silvercore,  if one wished to leave feedback for me they would enter http://www.firearmscanada.com/author/silvercore

Hopefully this helps.

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SHOT Show 2013 Day 1

Announcement January 15, 2013

SHOT Show 2013 is underway and I thought I would share a few thoughts from todays range day.  First and foremost…. it was cold.  I know, as the yanks would tell me.. “you’re Canadian, you should be used to the cooler temperatures”.  But I was under the distinct impression I was leaving Canada for the warmer desert climates Vegas has to offer!  Thankfully, I never travel without a toque which abated hypothermia in conjunction with a thin t-shirt and my Arcteryx Gamma Hoody.  If it wasn’t so windy, I’m sure people would be quite comfortable, but as it stood even the show famous for scantly clad booth models were now seen sporting scarves and down jackets. One booth even pulled out at water they had sitting in the shade for the last hour to marvel at the fact it was now frozen solid!

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How to raise a concern.

Announcement June 20, 2012

Do you have concerns about a particular ad or user?  This post is here to explain the preferred format that we would like you to follow to ensure the fastest results.

 

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Deal locally, search ads locally

Announcement June 18, 2012

All ads from this date forward will be categorized with search tags by both province and city

You have always been able to search for firearms in your province by entering you province’s full name in the buy and sell search browser.  We have taken this one step further by making it mandatory that all new ads provide their city information as well.

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  • How to obtain a Firearms License in Canada

    by on January 6, 2011 - 0 Comments

      Obtaining a firearms license in Canada is not as daunting of a task as some may lead you to believe, it does however require that you have some basic firearms knowledge as well have the ability to pass a criminal record check. Firearms Licenses in Canada are broken down into the following categories: Adult […]

  • Classifications of Firearms in Canada

    by on January 16, 2011 - 0 Comments

    In Canada, we have 3 major classifications of firearms namely Non-Restricted, Restricted and Prohibited. Let’s talk a bit about each. Non-Restricted:  

  • Storage of Non-Restricted Firearms

    by on February 7, 2011 - 0 Comments

        You have obtained your firearms license and have just purchased your first non-restricted firearm and want to know how you can legally store it. In a nutshell, you have three storage options available to you.  It is important to note that regardless of which method you choose to employ when storing your firearm […]

  • "You're not what I pictured"

    by on January 6, 2011 - 3 Comments

    Several years ago, while conducting interviews for firearms instructors to work for my training company Silvercore Inc. I found myself face to face with a well dressed petite woman who on appearances alone one would not associate the words “Firearms Instructor” with.

  • Canadian Firearms Safety Course and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course

    by on January 6, 2011 - 0 Comments

      As discussed in a previous post, if you wish to obtain a Canadian firearm license (PAL) you must first successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and possibly the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course depending on the classification of firearms you wish to possess and acquire. The Canadian Firearms Safety Course came into inception […]

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