Section 6 of the schedule—Exceptions: Guide to the schedule to the Defence Production Act

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The following table summarizes the exceptions found in section 6 of the schedule to the Defence Production Act and provides guidance on goods that are not controlled goods.

Table D: Schedule guidance—Exceptions

Schedule section Exception Schedule guidance
(a) a good set out in the schedule that has been fully demilitarized As per the interpretation section of the schedule, goods that have been subject to "full demilitarization" to prevent that good's repair, restoration or reverse engineering are not controlled goods.

A certificate of demilitarization issued by Department of National Defence (DND form 2586) indicating that the item in question has been fully demilitarized can be used to establish whether Controlled Goods Program registration is required for that item.

(b) a firearm that has a calibre greater than 12.7 mm and is not a restricted firearm, other than a howitzer, mortar, anti-tank weapon, projectile launcher, flame thrower, recoilless rifle and their components Non-restricted firearms with a calibre greater than 12.7 mm (other than a howitzer, mortar, anti-tank weapon, projectile launcher, flame thrower, recoilless rifle) and their components are not controlled goods.

This section is intended to exclude 8-gauge shotguns and other large bore hunting firearms that are classified by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) as non-restricted.

The schedule limits controls on weapons or armament to the following items:

  • firearms having a calibre equal to or greater than 12.7 mm that are prohibited or restricted firearms as defined by section 84(1) of the Criminal Code
  • howitzers
  • mortars
  • anti-tank weapons
  • projectile launchers
  • flame throwers
  • recoilless rifles

In regards to the schedule's control of specific firearms, Controlled Goods Program clients are responsible for self-identifying the following:

  • the legal classification of their firearms
    • Controlled Goods Program clients who are uncertain of the legal classification of their firearms may contact the Canadian Firearms Program of the RCMP for assistance. The Controlled Goods Program will not make any determination on the legal classification of firearms.
  • the calibre of their firearms
    • Controlled Goods Program clients who are uncertain of the calibre of their firearms may perform the following:
      • review manufacturer specifications
      • consult with a gunsmith
      • measure the calibre
(c) a prohibited firearm if an individual holds a licence that authorizes them to possess the prohibited firearm under section 12 of the Firearms Act Prohibited firearms that are owned by individuals who have been grandfathered to legally possess the prohibited firearm (under section 12 of the Firearms Act) are not controlled goods.

Controlled Goods Program clients who are uncertain of the legal classification of their firearms may wish to contact the Canadian Firearms Program of the RCMP for assistance. The Controlled Goods Program will not make any determination on the legal classification of firearms.

This section resolves an inconsistency in the law for a few gun-owners who legally possess prohibited firearms that are grandfathered under the criminal code and might otherwise require Controlled Goods Program registration, even though they are individuals and not businesses.

(d) specially designed components of a prohibited firearm The specially designed components of prohibited firearms are not controlled goods.

This section carries forward the existing exclusion of components of prohibited firearms.

(e) the following types of ammunition: The following types of ammunition are not controlled goods.
(e)(i) shotgun ammunition of any gauge, Shotgun ammunitions (of any gauge) are not controlled goods.
(e)(ii) ammunition with a calibre less than or equal to 12.7 mm, Ammunition with a calibre less than or equal to 12.7 mm are not controlled goods.
(e)(iii) ammunition for any firearm that is not set out in this schedule Ammunition for any firearm that is not set out in the schedule to the Defence Production Act are not controlled goods.

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