Amendment to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List

The Export and Import Permits Act places very strict controls on the export of prohibited firearms, prohibited weapons and prohibited devices (as defined in the Criminal Code of Canada). Export permit applications for these items are only considered to countries on the Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL).

On November 13, 2014, the Government of Canada concluded the regulatory process to amend the AFCCL. This amendment expands the AFCCL to include the Republic of Korea bringing the number of countries on the AFCCL to 37.

Inclusion on the AFCCL does not guarantee the approval of exports of prohibited firearms, prohibited weapons and prohibited devices. As usual, an export permit issued by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada must be obtained in order to lawfully export these items from Canada. All applications to export controlled items are rigorously evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the exportation of these items is limited only to consignees that are government or authorized by government.

The full text of this regulation and its Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement is available in the November 19, 2014 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part II.