Have firearms you're not sure what to do with? We can help!
You may or may not know that in Canada if a relative, or friend who lawfully owns a firearm passes away and you are in charge of the estate or are the executor you are automatically in lawful possession of any firearms owned by the said deceased individual. Temporarily you are not required to have a PAL licence, however within a reasonable amount of time you will need to obtain a PAL licence in order to keep the firearms or you are required to arrange to have them disposed of.
How can we help you? We are a CFO approved licensed firearms business and as such are able to legally pick up the firearms from you. We will evaluate them and regardless of the condition can use them as training guns for our safety training programs and give you fair market value for them or donate them to local shooting clubs.
Please send us a note or give us a call, we are happy to assist you. Contact 905-607-7001 or firstname.lastname@example.org, thank you.
From the RCMP Website
Executors and heirs
Estate law may vary from province to province. Generally, an executor has the same rights the deceased had to have firearms while the estate is being settled.
Even if you do not have a licence to have firearms, you can have a firearm left in an estate for a reasonable amount of time while the estate is being settled. If a court has prohibited you from possessing firearms, you cannot take possession of firearms left in an estate. But you are still able to act as executor and you can transfer the firearms to someone who can lawfully have them.
To act as the executor, and to get information on the estate firearms, you must provide the following documents to the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP):
- a completed form RCMP 6016 Declaration of Authority to Act on Behalf of an Estate
- confirmation that the registered owner is deceased by providing:
- the death certificate, or
- letters of probate, or
- a document (on letterhead) from a police department or coroner
Within a reasonable length of time, you must
- ensure the firearms are transferred and registered to a properly licensed individual or business, or
- dispose of the firearms in a safe and lawful manner
Until then, you must ensure that the firearms are safely stored.
You must also determine if a valid firearms licence and registration certificate exist. If either document does not exist at the time of death, the CFP will work with you to resolve this situation.
To inherit a firearm you must
- be 18 years of age
- hold a valid Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) with the correct privileges (i.e., non-restricted, restricted, prohibited)
If there is no eligible heir, or if the heir does not wish to inherit a firearm, the estate may
- use the phone transfer process to sell or give the firearm to any person, museum, or business with a licence to have that particular type of firearm
- export it to a country that allows it; call Global Affairs Canada at 1-800-267-8376 for information
- call the CFP to get an approved gun smith to deactivate it; this means it no longer meets the definition of a firearm, and is exempt from the requirements of the Firearms Act
- turn the firearm in to a police officer or firearms officer for disposal; call first to arrange for disposal.