Swiss Arms and Cz858 Prohibition Reversed: Canadian Timeline & Gallery

Edward O
by Edward O

They’re back! The saga of the Swiss Arms and Cz858 in Canada has finally come to a close. A year ago it looked like these rifles were about to be banned and seized, but that decision has finally been reversed. Here’s a timeline of the highlights and a gallery of the firearms in question

  • Feb 26th 2014 – RCMP Reclassifies the Cz858 and Swiss Arms rifles to prohibited status. These firearms have been imported for 12 years are there are millions of dollars worth in the hands of owners.
  • March 19th 2014 – The Public Safety Minister introduces an Amnesty to ensure that owners will not be prosecuted. Rifles cannot be bought, sold, or freely transported. It will later be amended to allow shooting at government approved ranges.
  • Winter 2014 – Bill C42 is Developed and Introduced:

    Give and Take LegislationPre-licensing Safety and Training course is now a mandatory number of classroom hours.Stiffens firearms ownership bans for domestic abusers.Authorizations to Transport Restricted Firearms will no longer be distinct documents, instead they’ll be integrated into an owner’s license.The Cz858 and Swiss Arms rifles are restored to their restricted and non-restricted status.Enhanced oversight of Provincial Chief Firearms officers. In the past your conditions of transport or wait times on purchasing a handgun could vary widely between provinces.June 18th 2015 – C42 is granted royal assent and formally becomes law.July 31st 2015 – Rifles return to former status. Owners can now hunt and target shoot freely. These can now be bought, sold, and imported again.Sept 2nd 2015 – ATT changes are scheduled to come into effect, removing some paperwork from the transport of all handguns, AR-15s and SBRs in Canada.

Edward O
Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.

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  • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Aug 06, 2015

    Regarding the CZ:

    I was looking at the bolt action version and it seems it weighs as much as the regular version (they simply don't drill gas port from what I understand). How much weight would you save by removing the gas tube, gas block and piston (the gas system itself)?

    I am sorta interested in a bolt action 7.62x39 and it seemed like an interesting option.

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    • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Aug 08, 2015

      @Rittmeister That sucks, in Norway the only mag cap limits are for shotguns and semi autos during hunting (too bad shotguns can only be gotten for hunting so you're screwed). Otherwise there's no limit, you could legally hunt with a Mossberg MVP with a 150 round double drum. Though load more than 3 rounds in your VEPR or BAR and you're screwed if caught.

      I guess so, I don't hunt (yet). Most popular is moose, most plentiful and... well... they are pretty easy to hit, I mean look at the size of the buggers.

  • Kefefs Kefefs on Aug 09, 2015

    Great to hear. I moved to the US a few years ago, right before the RCMP started throwing their recent tantrums and banning things arbitrarily. It's nice to see positive changes being made back home, and I hope this will keep the RCMP in line down the road.

    Also I LOVE to see the words "common sense" in a bill that isn't completely draconian for once. Here in the US, if you see those words tied to gun laws, prepare for the worst.