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Advisory from Canada’s National Firearms Association for users of Firearms, Air Guns, Air Soft and BB Guns

Recent Tragic Incidents require a revisiting of issues concerning the use of Firearms, but also  Air Guns, Air Soft and BB Guns.


Shooting in areas where there are other individuals and activities will undoubtedly create issues that you must be aware of and take into consideration.

While it may be “legal” for you engage in the particular activity you wish to participate in, that doesn’t always mean it’s a good idea. Just because you can, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

Most Cities and Municipalities have bylaws preventing the discharge of Firearms, Air Rifles, Air Soft and BB Guns in their jurisdictions. Contact cities or municipalities for information on these bylaws and observe them.

When using  Firearms, Air Rifles, Air Soft and BB Guns observe all firearms safety rules. Be sure of your back stop and what’s behind it, but also the immediate environment and what is going on around you.

Carry and transport Firearms  Air Guns, Air Soft and BB Guns discreetly.

Store and transport Firearms, Air Guns, Air Soft and BB Guns according to Firearms Act regulations. Recent court decisions suggest that objects other than Firearms may be subject to these regulations, depending on the circumstances.

  1. v. Dunn, 2014 SCC 69, [2014] 3 S.C.R. 490

Take steps to make sure your activities do not cause alarm or concern for others who may be in the general area.

You may believe what you are doing is plainly safe, legitimate and obvious, but others may not view your activities this way.

Any Complaint made about an Individual with a gun will result in Police responding to an Active Shooter Incident. This will be an Armed Response, and you will be arrested and taken into custody at gun point.

Even if you are not charged with a Firearms Act Offense, there are many other Criminal Offenses you can be charged with depending on the particular circumstances of the complaint and resulting Incident.

Responsibility, Planning and Forethought will go a long way in preventing an unnecessary, unfortunate, or even tragic incident.