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 December 14, 2012, the Government of Canada concluded the regulatory process to amend the AFCCL. This amendment expands the AFCCL to include Colombia, bringing the number of countries on the AFCCL to 34.
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 the Foreign Affairs and International Trade 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.
The full text of this regulation and its Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement will be available in the January 2, 2013 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part II.