Firearms License Check
During match registration, we visually inspect your PAL (firearms license) at every event. This is an easy way for us to qualify participants for our events.
In order to get your firearms license in Canada you must undergo:
- Mandatory firearm training with multiple types of firearms (aka the “Canadian Firearms Safety Course”).
- Written knowledge test regarding firearms safety and Canadian firearm law.
- Practical test with a focus on safe handling and use of firearms.
- A minimum waiting period before consideration for your license is examined.
- An RCMP criminal record check.
- The RCMP will interview multiple references who have known you for more than 3 years.
- Spousal/Partner notification of firearms license application including recently failed relationships.
- Often a phone interview with the RCMP.
To summarize, the Government of Canada and its appointed authorities have already put in place a set of conditions designed to keep firearms out of the hands of people who should not have them. By visually inspecting your firearms license, we know that you have been checked out by the RCMP for any reasons you might not be permitted to participate.
We do not record any information from your license. We simply verify the photo and expiration date.