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Government of Canada Implements UN Small Arms Marking Regulations

Canada’s National Firearms Association Media Release

UN Small Arms Marking regulations agreed to by previous Liberal governments will be implemented on December 1, 2012 by the Conservative Government of Canada.

Speaking from Prince George, NFA President Sheldon Clare commented that “We are surprised that the Conservatives will implement the Liberal’s regulations. These regulations serve no useful purpose.  It is disconcerting that the government only appears to consult with a very narrow select group in receiving input on firearms matters, rather than weighing the concerns of the largest organization advocating for the civil and property rights of firearms owners. Canada’s National Firearms Association has long advocated that the government repeal the UN Marking Regulations as more unnecessary requirements that serve only bureaucratic growth and administrative expense.”Clare Continued, “While the government will require that all imported firearms be marked with serial numbers and the manufacturer’s name, the NFA appreciates that some of the most egregious demands of the UN Small Arms Marking Regulations have been dropped.  It is unfortunate that the government will force importers to add additional markings that will deface firearms and impose increased costs on firearms importers and users.”  According to Mr. Clare, “Modern firearms manufacturers already mark their products – the main effect will be on surplus ex-military firearms that are particularly popular for target practice due to their affordability and the low cost of surplus ammunition.  This regulatory change can only bring prices of surplus firearms up.  I wonder if the Canadian Firearms Advisory Council mentioned that problem to the government,” Clare mused.

While the modification of the regulations by the Conservative government do recognize many of the issues NFA brought before the government during consultation on this issue, NFA
continues to oppose the UN Small Arms Treaty and the small arms marking regulations.

For more information contact:

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Blair Hagen, Executive VP Communications, 604-753-8682
Sheldon Clare, President, 250-981-1841
Canada’s NFA toll-free number – 1-877-818-0393
NFA Website:

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