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Dealing with the Firearms Control Bureaucracy

If you have ever needed to make contact with a firearms control bureaucrat, you have probably found it quite difficult. Here are the addresses and phone numbers that you need. Keep them for future reference! If you have not needed them yet, you probably will before too long…


Tip 1: Never make whatever the problem is your problem. Make it their problem… “Dear Sir, I applied to register my six firearms in December, 2002. You are required, by law, to send me either a registration certificate for each firearm or a refusal to register one or more of those firearms. You have done neither, and that is a violation of Criminal Code section 126. If found guilty of that offence, you can be imprisoned for up to two years, so please send me either the registration certificates you owe me or refusals to register. Be advised that if you send me notices of refusal, I intend to take this matter before a provincial court judge as I am allowed to do by Firearms Ac sections 69, 72, 74 and 75.”

Tip 2: Letters to firearms control bureaucrats are more effective if this is added to the letter:

Cc: Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister
Robert Nicholson, Minister of Justice
Garry Breitkreuz, M. P.
National Firearms Association
Bureaucrats do not like having bosses and gadflies looking over their shoulder while they work on their own screwups.

Canadian Firearms Centre
PO Box CP 9815
K1G 6P9
Tel: (800) 731-4000
Fax:(613) 941-1661
Email: and

Mr. Ken McCarthy, Registrar
Licencing and Registration
248 Wellington St
Central Processing Site
Box 1200
E1N 5Z3


List of Provincial Chief Firearms Officers

Chief Firearms Officer – Alberta
10909 Jasper Avenue, Suite 720
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3L9
Tel: (780) 495-7799

Chief Firearms Officer – British Columbia
Security Programs Division
P.O. Box 9217, Station Provincial Government
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9J1

Chief Firearms Officer – Manitoba
1680 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3H 0Z2
Tel: (204) 984-0715

Chief Firearms Officer – New Brunswick
Ministry of the Solicitor General
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5H1
Tel: (506) 457-7387

Chief Firearms Officer – Newfoundland and Labrador
Department of Justice Canada
120 Tobray Road, suite E100, Prince Charles Bldg.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
A1A 2G8
Tel: (709) 772-2876

Chief Firearms Officer – Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1859
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
X1A 2P4
Tel: (867) 920-8395

Chief Firearms Officer – Nova Scotia
P.O. Box 7
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2L6
Tel: (902) 424-6689

Chief Firearms Officer – Nunavut
10909 Jasper Avenue, Suite 720
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3L9
Tel: (780) 495-7789

Chief Firearms Officer – Ontario
Min. of Solicitor General & Correctional Services
777 Memorial Avenue
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 7V3
Tel: (705) 329-5522

Chief Firearms Officer – Prince Edward Island
Dept. of Community Services & Attorney General
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1A 7N8
Tel: (902) 368-5536
Fax:(902) 368-5198

Chief Firearms Officer – Quebec
Sûreté du Québec
Direction des permis
1681, rue Pathenais
Montréal, Quebec
H2K 4S8
Tel: (514) 598-4584

Chief Firearms Officer – Saskatchewan
1405 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4R 2R8
Tel: (306) 780-5912

BC/Yukon Chief Firearms Office
118, 5477 152nd Street
Surrey, B.C.
V3S 5A6
Ext: 9530

Canadian Firearms Centre
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H8
Tel: (800) 731-4000
Fax:(613) 941-1661