Firearms licence technical issues resolved

by Jeff Helsdon | August 22, 2019
RCMP application Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)

Technical issues that resulted in a backlog of issuing firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PALs) have been resolved, according to the RCMP.

A lag of several months was reported earlier this year when many firearms owners voiced frustration over a delay in getting their licences.

According to posts on several firearms blogs, the Canadian Firearms Centre told gun owners their licences had been approved, but problems with the printer that produces the documents caused a delay.

Tech issue confirmed

The RCMP wouldn’t answer questions in regard to the extent of the backlog or length of the delay, but a spokesperson confirmed a technical issue resulted in limited production of licences between March 11 and June 28.

“The technical issues associated with firearms licence cards have been resolved,” said Sgt. Marie Damian of RCMP National Communications Services. “The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) has resumed standard production levels and is working on clearing the backlog.”

The standard to produce a properly-completed licence application is 45 days. Any issues with the application or safety concerns can delay the process.

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