Liberals propose tightening Canada’s firearms law with new record-keeping practices
CBC News 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.
It’s a criminal offence to knowingly sell a firearm to anyone who is not licensed by the RCMP’s firearms program. Goodale is also proposing changes to how vendors document the sale of firearms. If the bill passes, retailers would be required to maintain adequate records of all inventories and sales. The records will be owned and maintained by the retailers themselves, and will only be accessible to police if they obtain a warrant. [...] The legislation will require that these records be kept for a 20-year period.