The Government of Saskatchewan has passed “The Saskatchewan Firearms Act,” which it says will enhance public safety across Saskatchewan, while protecting the rights of lawful firearms owners.
According to a news release, with respect to recent changes by the federal government the impact lawful firearms owners, The Act will:
- establish licensing requirements for seizure agents involved in firearms expropriation;
- require and oversee fair compensations for any firearms being seized; and,
- require forensic and ballistic testing of seized firearms.
As well, the Act will 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, which will also take on an expanded role in prosecuting non-violent provincial firearms offences.
Officer Robert Freberg, chief firearms officer, says the Saskatchewan Firearms Act is critical to their work of improving public safety, promoting responsible firearms ownership, and assisting the police in addressing crimes committed with illegal firearms.
“This legislation, and the significant funding we have received in this year’s provincial budget will be put to good use as we continue to develop the Saskatchewan Firearms Office,” he says.