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The Federal Government has introduced a significant amendment to Bill C-21 at the committee stage that, if adopted, would expand the definition of a prohibited firearm to included semi-automatic rifles and shotguns “designed to accept a detachable cartridge magazine with a capacity greater than five cartridges of the type for which the firearm was originally designed”.

There are few details available at this point about what, where, when, or how the government sees this playing out, and during committee discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, there was even obvious confusion among government officials about what would and wouldn’t be included.

As of right now there is no formal list of firearms captured in the amendment, however the definition as proposed is extremely broad and will almost surely include many traditional hunting firearms.

We have requested technical clarification from the Department of Justice and Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and will share those details in our Bill C-21 FAQ as we get them.

A clause-by-clause debate of the amendments is scheduled to continue at committee on Thursday.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Many firearms owners have contacted their elected officials on Bill C-71, the OIC prohibitions, the first round of Bill C-21, and the latest version of C-21 that is being discussed right now. You can do so as well, by using our easy-to-use online form to send emails to Members of Parliament.

UPDATE: BILL C-21 list of additional firearms


Bill C-21 was introduced in the House of Commons on May 30, 2022, and the link below provides introductory Frequently Asked Questions about the impact on firearms owners. Most of the information in these FAQs is directly from Public Safety Canada and/or statements by the Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino. CLICK HERE to read the FAQ.

MAY 2022

As part of the comprehensive list of priorities we’ve outlined for the next provincial government heading into the June 2 election, the OFAH has outlined what we’re asking for when it comes to dealing with municipal firearms restrictions. CLICK HERE to read more.


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Latest Firearm Issue Updates (Discharge, Bills, Etc)

JULY 2021

The OFAH provides a critical analysis of the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) for the proposed Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Firearms Act.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

MAY 2021

The OFAH has developed a series of resources to challenge myths with facts and help better inform the general public, media, and decision-makers about how firearms policy changes and proposals are impacting Canadians. These resources will also help firearms owners share important messages with elected officials in Ottawa, Toronto, and their local Municipal Councils. The sections cover off the following:
  • Firearms Policy in Canada
  • Firearm Facts: Realities of Firearms Ownership and Use in Canada
  • The Facts: About Gun Violence and the Effectiveness of Firearm Bans
  • OIC Firearm Prohibitions
  • Bill C-21


APRIL 2021

The OFAH receives a number of questions each year related to the process for acquiring a firearms licence, both non-restricted and restricted. CLICK HERE to view resources that help outline the process for those interested in acquiring either or both licences.

MARCH 2021

Watch a recording of the members-only Q&A on firearms policy, originally hosted by OFAH on March 23. 


Preliminary OFAH backgrounder on Municipal section of Bill C-21

Federal government announces new firearms legislation (Feb. 16, 2021) — Read more here.

Bill C-21 FAQ

Additional background:

Bill C-21:

Public Safety Explanation of Bill C-21:



CLICK HERE to see the updated version of the OFAH’s Preliminary Report on Canadian use and value of non-restricted firearms prohibited under SOR/2020-96.

JULY 2020

CLICK HERE to read the OFAH letter to Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on the issue around the backlog of PAL renewals

JUNE 2020 Survey

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MAY 2020

CLICK HERE to read the OFAH letter to Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness regarding OFAH analysis on federal firearms ban 


Following the federal government announcement on May 1, 2020 that banned the purchase, sale, transport, import and use of 1,500 models, variants or modified versions of firearms in Canada, the uncertainty of exactly what all of that means has left the firearms community with many valid questions and concerns. We’ve addressed a collection of those questions here.

BREAKING NEWS — Federal government announces firearms ban — May 1, 2020

FIREARMS: divisiveness will be our demise — written by Matt DeMille, Registered Lobbyist and OFAH manager of fish and wildlife services
Ontario OUT of DOORS — Feb, 3, 2020 — E-2341 now most signed e-petition 


The politics of firearms — written by Matt DeMille, Registered Lobbyist and OFAH manager of fish and wildlife services
Ontario OUT of DOORS — Jan 15, 2020 — Firearms petition gaining steam


Media release — OFAH comments on government plan that targets law-abiding Canadian firearm owners


FEDERAL ELECTION REACTION — While Parliament may be divided, the outdoors community is not. Once again, Canada’s democratic process brought out the best in anglers, hunters and trappers across the nation. We commend everyone who voted in the October election. The OFAH remains focused on standing up for our core values. It’s a new government and today is a new day to think about your future as a firearms owner and the outdoors legacy that we vow to keep fighting for. Election results won’t stop the OFAH and our partners in the National Fishing and Hunting Collaborative from aggressively pursuing our national priorities.

The National Fishing and Hunting Collaborative is a group of non-partisan, non-profit fishing and hunting organizations that work collaboratively to provide national leadership on important conservation issues and a voice for more than 375,000 Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
Read more about the NFHC and firearms policy here.

APRIL 2019
Public Safety Canada has released the long-awaited Engagement Summary Report on Reducing Violent Crime: A Dialogue on Handguns and Assault-Style Firearms.

The OFAH met with the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, in early February 2019 to discuss firearms policy for a second time. The discussion focused on Bill C-71, handgun bans, and UN marking.
Please click here for more information on that meeting.

In late 2018, Public Safety Canada released a background document and questionnaire titled: “A dialogue on handguns and assault weapons”. Click here for the OFAH’s written submission to Public Safety Canada. The OFAH also met with the federal government — including with Minister Blair in December 2018 — to discuss the concerns of the firearms community.

Bill 30, An Act to amend the Ammunition Regulation Act, 1994 with respect to the sale of handgun ammunition (Fighting Back Against Handguns Act) was a Private Members’ Bill introduced in the Ontario Legislature that aimed to allow municipalities to pass by-laws prohibiting the sale of handgun ammunition within their boundaries. The bill was quietly defeated in early October 2018. The firearms community welcomes this decision and is appreciative of the recognition that law-abiding citizens aren’t the problem and that short-sighted feel-good policies won’t cure gun violence in this province.

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