laws, updates and maximum permitted magazine capacity recorded February
Government of Canada Grants Six-month Extension for Expiring Licences.
The extension applies to licences expiring on or after November 30, 2017.
For more information, see the Order Fixing November 30, 2017 as the Day
on which Section 14 of the Act Comes into Force in the Canada Gazette.
Information on Receiver Blanks is now available.
Government of Canada Defers Implementation of the Firearms Marking Regulations
The requirements of the Firearms Marking Regulations are deferred to December
For more information, see the Regulations Amending the Firearms Marking
Regulations in the Canada Gazette.
Permitted Magazine Capacity
Special Bulletin for Businesses No. 72
The maximum capacity of a cartridge magazine is set out in Part
4 of the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and other Weapons,
Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines,
Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited or Restricted.
The Regulations prescribe prohibited devices, and a
magazine that has a capacity which exceeds the maximum permitted
capacity is a prohibited device.
Businesses can be in possession of prohibited devices if appropriately
licensed. However, individuals may not possess prohibited devices.
The magazine regulations have been in force since 1993. However,
in recent years, new cartridge magazines have been introduced which
have resulted in novel situations as it concerns the application
of the Regulations.
There has been no change to the Regulations. Nonetheless, the application
of the existing Regulations to a few new products has given the
appearance of a change in the law.
This has been particularly evident in the case of cartridge magazines
designed or manufactured for more than one type of firearm.
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide greater clarity on the
maximum permitted capacity of cartridge magazines designed or manufactured
for use in more than one kind of firearm.
Note that the maximum permitted capacity of a magazine is
determined by the physical characteristics of the firearm it is
designed or manufactured for and the type of ammunition for which
it is designed.
The maximum permitted capacity of the magazine does not depend on
the classification of the firearm, nor does the magazine capacity
influence the classification of the firearm.
1. Magazines designed or manufactured for both rimfire calibre rifles
Magazines designed to contain rimfire cartridges and designed or
manufactured for use in a rifle do not have a regulated capacity.
However, magazines designed to contain rimfire cartridges and designed
or manufactured for use in a semiautomatic handgun are limited to
Magazines designed or manufactured for use in both rifles and semiautomatic
handguns are subject to the handgun limit of 10 cartridges.
Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 rifle and 15-22P pistol chambered
for 22LR caliber:
The 10 round magazine is unregulated
The 25 round magazine is a prohibited device
The Ruger BX-25 magazine, chambered for 22 LR calibre, is designed
and manufactured for use in the Ruger SR22 rifle, the 10/22 family
of rifles/carbines and the 22 Charger handgun.
As a result, this magazine is a prohibited device unless modified
so its capacity is 10 cartridges or less.
(This information was not included in the original version of this
bulletin, but was added on 2013-09-05.)
2. Magazines designed or manufactured for both centrefire calibre
rifles and handguns
designed to contain centrefire cartridges and designed or manufactured
for use in a semiautomatic rifle are limited to five cartridges.
However, magazines designed to contain centrefire cartridges and
designed or manufactured for use in a semiautomatic handgun are
limited to 10 cartridges.
Magazines designed or manufactured for use in both semiautomatic
rifles and semiautomatic handguns are subject to the limit of five
Hi-Point rifle and handgun chambered for 9mm Luger caliber:
Magazine capacities over five rounds are prohibited.
3. Magazines designed or manufactured for both centrefire calibre
semiautomatic rifles and other (non-semiautomatic) rifles
Magazines designed to contain centrefire cartridges and designed
or manufactured for use in a semiautomatic rifle are limited to
five cartridges. However, magazines designed to contain centrefire
cartridges and designed or manufactured for use in a rifle other
than a semiautomatic or automatic rifle, do not have a regulated
Magazines that are designed or manufactured for use in both semiautomatic
rifles and other (non-semiautomatic) rifles are subject to the semiautomatic
rifle limit of five cartridges.
Remington model 7615 pump action rifle chambered for 223 Remington
The 10 round magazine is prohibited
The five round magazine is unregulated
Magazines designed for one firearm but used in a different firearm
The maximum permitted capacity of a magazine is determined by the
kind of firearm it is designed or manufactured for use in and not
the kind of firearm it might actually be used in.
As a consequence, the maximum permitted capacity remains the same
regardless of which firearm it might be used in.
The Marlin model 45 (Camp Carbine) rifle chambered for 45 Auto caliber
uses magazines designed and manufactured for the Colt 1911 handgun,
therefore the seven round and eight round capacities are permitted.
5. Magazines for semiautomatic handguns which contain more than
ten (10) rounds of a different calibre
designed to contain centrefire cartridges and designed or manufactured
for use in a semiautomatic handgun, are limited to 10 cartridges.
The capacity is measured by the kind of cartridge the magazine was
designed to contain.
In some cases the magazine will be capable of containing more than
10 rounds of a different caliber; however that is not relevant in
the determination of the maximum permitted capacity.
Heckler and Koch P7 pistol chambered for 9mm Luger caliber:
The magazine designed for the 40 S&W calibre variant of the
pistol will hold 13 cartridges of 9mm Luger calibre and function
in the 9mm Luger calibre P7 pistol.
This is permissible as the maximum permitted capacity of the 40
S&W calibre magazine must be measured by the number of 40 S&W
calibre cartridges it is capable of holding, which is 10 such cartridges
in the case of the HK P7 pistol magazine.
For more information, please contact the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program
by one of the following methods:
telephone: 1 800-731-4000
web site: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/index-eng.htm
bulletin is intended to provide general information only.
For legal references, please refer to the Firearms Act, the Criminal Code
Provincial, territorial and municipal laws, regulations and policies may
See Canadian Firearms Program at RCMP website,
See Canadian Firearms Program / Firearms Act at RCMP website,
See The Firearms Act (S.C. 1995, c. 39) at Laws/Justice/Government
Assented to 1995-12-05, An act respecting firearms and other...
See also Firearms-Control Legislation and Policy: Canada in english;
Overview of Firearms-Control Laws and Regulations
Distribution of Firearms
The control of firearms in Canada is predominantly governed by the Firearms
Act, the Criminal Code, and their subordinate regulations.
The Criminal Code defines the main categories of firearms, which include
restricted, prohibited, and non-restricted firearms.
The Firearms Act regulates the possession, transport, and storage of firearms.
Canadian law has both licensing and registration requirements for the
possession and acquisition of firearms.
These requirements are administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
(RCMP) through the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP).
Applicants are required to pass safety tests before they can be eligible
for a firearms license.
Applicants are also subject to background checks, which take into account
criminal, mental health, addiction, and domestic violence records.