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Safe and Secure Gun Program

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The Safe and Secure Gun Program provides a simple, responsible method to dispose of unwanted firearms and ammunition. Safe and Secure is a resource for people who have come into possession of a firearm and do not wish to keep it or may not legally be able to keep it.

The program helps reduce the number of potential firearms available in the community that could fall into the wrong hands, like those of a child or a criminal. It helps police combat any potential harm that may come from unregulated firearms.

How does the program work?

If you have come into possession of a firearm that you want to surrender the process is very simple and straightforward:

  • Do not take a firearm to your local police station
  • Contact our non-emergency number at 1-866-876-5423 and explain to the call taker that you want to surrender a gun
  • Police will attend your residence and take the firearm into their possession. You will be issued a property receipt
  • The firearm will be submitted for destruction
  • If you find a firearm, do not touch it and contact the police immediately

Do I have to surrender an inherited firearm?

The executor of an estate has several options available to them in regards to an inherited firearm. Contact the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at 1-800-731-4000 for more information. Options include:

  • Applying for a licence through the RCMP
  • Transferring or selling the firearm to a museum, business or individual with a licence for that particular type of firearm through the official process.
  • Having the firearm permanently deactivated by a gunsmith. Contact the Chief Firearms Office at the number above for more information.
  • Global Affairs Canada can provide information on export permit requirements at 1-800-267-8376

For more information on the Canadian Firearms Program and information on safely storing, transporting and displaying firearms, visit the RCMP website