If you’ve seen our public service announcement you might be skeptical of this claim. It certainly wouldn’t make much sense to threaten a qualified, vetted and closely monitored Canadian with penalties like this for paperwork errors.
Certainly it would be impossible to rationalize that this would have a connection to public safety or influencing behavior. You decide. Rod Giltaca is an instructor with the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program and the President of the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights. He is one of Canada’s foremost experts on the politicization of the firearms issue in Canada.
Here’s the law:
Here's a link to the manual. Page 232:http://firearmslaw.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/CFSC-Manual.pdf
Here's the Criminal code link, Sec 86: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/FullText.html