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The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association is pleased to inform you that the implementation of the Firearm Marking Regulations has been deferred once again, with the new effective date set for December 1st, 2025.

These regulations were set to come into force December 1st, 2023.

These regulations propose that firearms be marked with unique identifiers upon import in addition to the existing serial numbers that already serve that purpose. This further intensifies the challenges faced by our members.

For further details on the marking regulations, please refer to the official documentation available here.

These changes will be visible on the government website early this week (Dec 4th).

CSAAA has consistently expressed serious concerns regarding any firearms marking regulation. Our position remains firm on the necessity for thorough consultation with importers, distributors, and retail business owners regarding the technical viability of any marking requirement. We believe that this is essential due to the potential serious issues associated with altering, engraving, or otherwise compromising a manufactured firearm.

As it stands, approximately 90% of firearms available in Canada are manufactured outside of the country. Consequently, any marking requirement places a significant burden on import and distribution business owners, while drastically increasing costs of operation, and therefor the product’s end cost to consumers.

The transition from warehouse and distribution business models to manufacturing business models necessitates substantial capital investment, facilities investment, staffing, training, and liability insurance.

CSAAA encourages its members to forward any questions or concerns to [email protected]. Your input is invaluable, and we remain committed to advocating for the best interests of our members in navigating these regulatory challenges.

Thank you for your continued support.

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