Released on December 1, 2022
Today, the government introduced The Saskatchewan Firearms Act to protect the rights of lawful firearms owners.
"This Act will help address concerns of responsible firearms owners and enhance public safety across Saskatchewan," Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell said. "We take public safety seriously and support initiatives that reduce the criminal use of firearms, while preventing gang violence and stopping illegal guns from entering our province."
The Act will:
- With respect to recent changes by the federal government that impact lawful firearms owners:
- establish licensing requirements for businesses or individuals involved in firearms expropriation;
- require and oversee fair compensation for any firearms being seized; and
- require forensic and ballistic testing of seized firearms.
- Establish a provincial firearms regulatory system that will promote the safe and responsible use of firearms.
This legislation will be primarily administered by the Saskatchewan Firearms Office (SFO). The Office will also take on an expanded role in prosecuting non-violent regulatory firearms offenses.
"Since inception, the Saskatchewan Firearms Office has successfully handled public safety files and continues to work closely with police to ensure that gun safety laws are properly enforced," Chief Firearms Officer Robert Freberg said. "The enhanced mandate this legislation provides will expand our office's ability to promote responsible firearms use and improve community safety."
The government has dedicated approximately $3.2 million this fiscal year to begin development of several firearms initiatives, including:
- establishing a Saskatchewan Firearms Ballistics Lab to support police services and provide timely access to Saskatchewan-based ballistics and firearms expertise;
- establishing a Firearms Compensation Committee to determine the fair market value of any firearms, ammunition and related accessories being expropriated by the federal government;
- enhancing training and education regarding safe storage and firearms licensing; and,
- launching a made-in-Saskatchewan marketing campaign to promote firearm safety and best practices.
Additional firearms officers are being employed with the SFO in a continued effort to support the law-abiding firearms community, while also investigating incidents associated with mental health, domestic violence and illegal activities involving firearms.
For more information, contact:
Corrections, Policing and Public Safety