Ranger Firearms Training
FIREARM USERS YOUNGER THAN 18
Those under 18 years of age are not permitted to bring firearms into Canada or to acquire firearms by any means, even as a gift, but they are allowed to use them under some circumstances.
A minor’s licence permits the borrowing of non-restricted firearms (ordinary rifles and shotguns) for the following activities:
1. Target practice
2. Organized shooting competitions
4. Being instructed in the use of firearms
A minor’s licence also permits the acquisition of ammunition, unless there is an age restriction under provincial or territorial law.
As a general rule, the following requirements must be met:
The applicant must be at least 12 years old. If they are younger than 12, they may obtain a minor’s licence only if they are Canadian residents and their Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) determines they need to hunt or trap to sustain themselves or their family.
As per section 7 of the Firearms Act. Individuals under 18 must complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass the test in order to get a licence. They are not eligible to challenge and attempt to pass the test without taking the course.
Individuals younger than 18 years of age are not eligible to hold a licence authorizing them to possess prohibited or restricted firearms.
A licence application (form RCMP 5485) can be obtained by contacting the relevant CFO. Non-residents can contact the CFO of the province or territory where they will most likely use the firearm.
A Firearms Officer may interview the applicant or their parent or guardian, who must first agree and consent to the conditions under which the minor may use firearms, before a minor’s licence will be issued.
Conditions may be placed on the license. For example some supervision may be required when the minor uses a firearm.
The minor’s licence will expire on the holder’s 18th birthday or the expiry date shown on their license, whichever comes first.