Starting May 18th, if you own a gun and want to sell it to a relative or friend, or if you’re a generous uncle who wants to give an old firearm to a niece to start her in hunting, these are the hoops you will have to jump through. You will have to call up the RCMP’s Registrar of Firearms, provide him with your possession and acquisition licence (PAL) number. You’ll have to collect your niece’s PAL number, too, and give that to the Mounties, which presupposes both of you have gone through all the paperwork, safety courses, mental health and criminal background checks to get PALs in the first place. While you’re at it, the registrar will also need both your addresses and phone numbers, and some personal identification number like a driver’s licence, social insurance number or passport. And, of course, the Mounties will need the make, model and type of firearm you’re giving away, plus the serial number. Gun stores must also record all the personal details of everyone they sell a gun to, including their PALs, plus all the details of the guns. And they must keep the records for a minimum of 20 years.
The long-gun registry returns starting next week. Oh, I’m sure Trudeau Liberals will claim they are not reviving the convoluted registry.