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Q. How can I advertise in FirearmsCanada.com?

A. FirearmsCanada.com offers free and paid advertising services.

Free services include: club, dealer, manufacturer and other free listings.

Paid services include: graphic ads, classifieds, and custom advertising programs.

Anyone can advertise on Firearms Canada by registering for a membership package.

Dealers can advertise in FirearmsCanada.com by contacting us at marketing@firearmscanada.com,

Q. Why do I have to pay for a membership package?

A.  First and foremost, membership packages require the poster to use a third party payment system which utilize industry standard security screening.  This is one of the numerous protections implemented to better safeguard our members experience.  Firearms Canada has operated as a free public service since 2001 at great personal expense to the owner.  Membership packs help ensure their are resources to continue offering this great service and to assist in the sites continued upkeep and development.

Q. What am I not allowed to post in an ad?

A.  Firearms Canada values your security and privacy; as such, any personal information publicly posted will be removed and could result in an infraction.  Information such as your phone number, email address, address etc.. can all be provided through the private messaging system and is not allowed to be publicly posted.

All for sale pictures must be authentic / original and not a generic image from the internet.

Hyperlinks are not permitted.

Obscene language or images are not permitted.

The sale of reloaded ammunition is not permitted.

As legitimate businesses, some of the rules above do not apply to sponsoring dealers.


Q. I am having problems logging in, can you please help?

A. Please refer to our recurring questions for assistance:  http://firearmscanada.com/recurring-questions-568955


Q. Is FirearmsCanada.com the Canadian Firearms Center?

A. No. The Canadian Firearms Center is a Canadian Federal Government Institution. You can contact the Canadian Firearms Center at 1-800-731-4000 or visit http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/

Q. What is involved in legally buying or selling a firearm in Canada?

A. In Canada, restricted and prohibited firearms are required to be registered and firearm owners are required to be licensed with a valid Possession Acquisition License (PAL). As a side note, the older Possession Only License (POL) has been discontinued by the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program and replaced with the PAL. A PAL is required to purchase, sell, lend or trade firearms. A typical transaction consists of the following:

  • The buyer and seller agreeing on a price and exchange PAL information
  • In the case of a firearm requiring registration, or transfer (restricted and prohibited firearms) the buyer contacts the Canadian Firearms Center at 1-800-731-4000 and initiates the transfer of the firearm quoting the sellers information.
  • In the case of a firearm not requiring registration, or transfer (typically non-restricted) the seller still has a legal obligation to ensure that the person they are selling the firearm to is properly licensed.
  • The Canadian Firearms Center will give a reference number which the seller will have to quote when they contact the Canadian Firearms Center to approve the transfer of the firearm.
  • Once payment has been received, the seller will contact firearms center and complete the transfer.
  • Once the transfer has been approved, the seller will ship the firearm.

Following this process will help ensure that you are dealing with a licensed seller and buyer and offers the greatest level of protection to both parties.  With the long gun registry being abolished on April 5 2012, licensed firearms owners are no longer required to register their non-restricted firearms but should exercise due dilligence to ensure that they are buying or selling a firearm from a legally licensed individual.

Q- How do I edit or remove my ad?

A- After logging in, click on “my dashboard” and you will be able to view your active listings. To the right of each listing you will see a pencil and a pause button (square with two vertical lines). Use the pencil button to edit your ad, and use the pause button to remove the ad from being viewed in the public listing area.

Q. Why wasn’t my ad approved?

A- Firearms Canada moderators make every effort to maintain the quality of the content on this site.  Some tips that will help see your ad approved are:

  • Provide accurate information in your ad
  • Include an actual photo of your item for sale (not a stock photo)
  • List an asking price on all items for sale (make me an offer is not acceptable)
  • Do not include your personal information (ie phone number, email, address etc..), as contact between members must be initiated through the Firearms Canada system to protect your identity.
  • Be as descriptive as possible.  Simply writing “Gun” with an asking price will not get your ad published.

Q- I can’t log in anymore, please help.

A- The vast majority of log in problems that users have comes from simply forgetting their password. It is important to remember that the passwords are case sensitive. If you have followed the suggestions in the FAQ section for log in problems and are still having difficulties, you can reset your password by clicking “lost your password?” link on the log in page. By doing this, a temporary password will be sent to the email address that you registered with. If after this, you are still having problems please feel free to contact us and we will assist you.

Q- I think there is a fraudulent advertisement or suspicious user, can you please investigate this?

A- As a free internet service, this is a problem that will require the diligence of the community to overcome. If you have suspicions about and advertisement or user, it is in everyone’s interest to be educated. Please post these concerns in the forum so that other users can take heed. Our moderators are very good about tracking this activity, but we need the communities involvement to put a stranglehold on any such activity. As always, our best line of defence is to follow the buy and sell procedures as created by our users and listed in the FAQ section. Don’t be timid when voicing a concern in the forum, in the event your suspicions are unfounded at least an open dialog has been created that other users can learn from. Best case scenario you may have prevented someone from having a very bad day.

Q. When I login to the FirearmsCanada.com website I keep getting logged out. How can I fix this?

A.  This may have to do with your browser or browser settings.  Chrome, Firefox and Safari are popular browsers that work well.  Make sure to use your default security settings and have cookies enabled.  If necessary, clear your cookies and cache, this has solved 100% of issues where users are being logged out.

If you still have problems email info@firearmscanada.com for support.

Q. I registered for an account but cannot get logged in.

A. When you register for an account, you are automatically sent an activation link to your email address that you provide us. Be sure to check your email and click the link. If this does not work you can email us at info@firearmscanada.com to get help.

Q. I forgot my password. How can I gain access to my account?

A. If you have lost your password, click on the link “lost password” and enter your username. Your password will be sent to your email address.

If you still have problems, you can send us email at


Q. Where can I take the Firearms Safety Courses?

A. You can contact the Canadian Firearms Center for a list of certified safety course trainers in your area. Click here for more information. Or visit www.silvercore.ca 

Q. The information about my organization listed in FirearmsCanada.com has changed or is incorrect. How can I have this information updated?

A. You can call us or email us the detailed changes. Each page on the site has a submission tool that you can use as well to send us the updated information.

Q. I can’t find the information I am looking for in FirearmsCanada.com. What do I do?

A. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please email us at info@firearmscanada.com, and we will do what we can to help you.

Q. Can I own a firearm in Canada?

A. If you have successfully passed the Canadian Firearms Safety Courses, you are eligible to apply for a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL). You can apply by visiting the Canadian Firearms Center website at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/ for a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL).

Q. Do I need a firearms license to shoot guns?

A. You can shoot firearms in authorized areas if the registered owner of the firearm is present with you at all times.

You cannot possess a firearm otherwise unless you have a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL).

Q. I have another question that is not listed here. How can I find the answer?

A. Please post your question in the Firearms Canada forum.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON LEGAL ISSUES VISIT http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/

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