An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms
Parliament of Canada
June 21, 2019
Part 1 of this Act amends the Firearms Act to, among other things, (a) remove the reference to the five-year period, set out in subsection 5(2) of that Act, that applies to the mandatory consideration of certain eligibility criteria for holding a licence.
Bill C-71 received royal assent on June 21, 2019. Background checks are now no longer limited to the applicant's last five years, but to his/her whole life.
Liberals propose tightening Canada’s firearms law with new record-keeping practices
March 20, 2018
The Liberal government hopes to tighten Canada’s firearms law with changes to the background check system and new mandatory record-keeping practices for vendors.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tabled Bill C-71 on Tuesday, which includes new provisions to "enhance" existing background checks for those seeking a firearms license.
Those checks will now demand the RCMP examine a person’s entire life history for potential red flags. The current standard assesses only the previous five years.