Canadian Enthusiast

Alanna - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So, in Canada we have this thing called the PAL (posession and aquisition license) and you can't own (therefor shoot) a firearm. I took my written test (98% right) and i've been waiting like a month to take my practical test. They ask you to PROVE, identify (pick up) two of 6 possible action types, load and unload each, identify types of ammunition and take one of three stances (standing, sitting or prone). I choked the first time (i don't test well) so I drilled procedures with my dad who owns just about any tpe of legal firearm you can think of. You have to do the same test again with handguns if you want to get your restricted firearms PAL. What are the laws that you all have where you are and what were the problems you faced getting licensed?

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Heidi - posted on 01/22/2010

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I know there are some people that would like it to be that way here.....but I don't think they could ever pass that with all the gun enthusiast here. You are allowed to carry a gun with you at any time...however it has to be in plain sight.....which is way I got a concealed weapons permit. I like to be able to have the gun around for protection, but don't feel the need to let everyone know when I am carring a gun or not. You can also have any type of a gun in your vehicle.....but they've changed the law, so I don't know if it still has to be unloaded and seperate from your ammo, or if just can't be chambered and has to be on safety. They change a lot of little things around so I have to go and double check every once in a while.

lol....I went to school in a small town and a lot of people would drive to school with their rifles mounted in the back window so they could go target practice right after school. (Even though guns are not supposed to be on school grounds) And every hunting season their would only be about 20 people in school because everyone else went hunting. It was a lot of fun!

It's makes me mad that crimanls have made it so guns are considered a bad thing to a lot of people...I fully believe that people kill people and not guns. If they didn't have a gun they would just find something else....

Alanna - posted on 01/21/2010

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wow, you can't carry guns here at all! you can transport your rifle from home to hunting or to the range, but they have to be locked in a trunk or case not in easy reach separate from your ammo, and if you have a restricted license, you have to notify the RCMP anytime you want to move your handgun and when it's secured to your safe locker again! it's a major crime to conceal any kind of weapon, even knives. we have a 6 week course for your hunting permit too, but you can hunt without having a PAL, you just can't be hunting without someone who owns the gun you''re using hunting with you...

Heidi - posted on 01/20/2010

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wow...I live in the U.S. and when I was 21 I decided to take a hunter's safety course,(which you can take at the age of 12), so I would be able to go hunting with my husband....but with my young children, I haven't had a chance to go yet. It was about a week's worth of classes, a couple hours per night. Then a shooting test. Thankfully I passes...I was really worried just because I get nervous during tests. Thankfully we can purchase firearms at anytime (except I think you have to be at least 18 before you can purchase a pistol) unless you are charged with a felony.

A couple years ago, I went in and got my concealed weapons permit...which is another round of classes and a background check...so now I can have a gun on me at all times as it is concealed. Of course the permits are not good in all states and businesses have a right to tell you they dont want guns in their stores, but I really enjoy knowing that I have a way to protect myself and my children where ever we are. I have several guns, but I have 2 special ones that are small enough that they are easy to pack around safely while I have small kids in tow.

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