Prohibited Firearms

On May 1, 2020, the Government of Canada has prohibited:

  • nine (9) types of firearms, by make and model, and their variants; and
  • firearms with a bore of 20 mm or greater, and those firearms capable of discharging a projectile with a muzzle energy greater than 10,000 Joules; and
  • the upper receivers of M16, AR-10, AR-15 and M4 pattern firearms.

Here's what you need to know about the Government of Canada's new prohibition on certain firearms and devices.

Here's the new list of Prohibited Firearms.

We work in partnership with the Canadian Firearms Centre to enhance Public Safety by enforcing the laws and regulations of the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code of Canada that govern the possession, transportation, use and storage of firearms.

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course gives you the foundation for responsible firearm ownership. Firearm owners are responsible for knowing and following all of the laws and regulations. You must have a valid Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) or a Possession Only Licence (POL) and Securing Firearm Certificates in order to lawfully own a firearm.

As a responsible firearm owner, please make sure that you:

  • Take regular inventory of your firearms and ammunition
  • Record all non-restricted firearms information, including; make, model, caliber/gauge, serial number, and any other identifying features
  • Make sure restricted and prohibited firearms are registered
  • Take photos of all your firearms and storage device(s)

Without this information, your firearms may not be returned to you, the rightful owner, if lost/stolen/seized.

Surrendering Firearms or Ammunition


If you are surrendering firearm(s) to Police, call the Firearms Liaison Officer with the Greater Sudbury Police Service to make arrangements:

705-675-9171 extension 2451 or via email at

For assistance with the following, please call 1-800-731-4000:

  • Reporting a change of address (within the compulsory 30-days of relocating)
  • Applying for a PAL or POL
  • Transferring firearm(s) to a properly licenced individual
  • Selling firearm(s) according to guidelines; to complete the transfer