New RCMP bulletin classifies 25 round 10/22 magazines as prohibited

Magazines for the 10/22 rifle that can contain more than 10 rounds are being treated as prohibited, gun stores being instructed to remove them from shelves.

 

In what seems like an identical situation to the reported prohibition of .50 Beowulf magazines this past winter, the RCMP have allegedly begun to reinterpret existing firearms law and have disseminated internally a bulletin that declares any magazine designed for the Ruger 10/22 rifles to be prohibited devices if they contain more than 10 rounds.

The news broke when the Moncton Fish & Game Association released a notice that their members are to leave the magazines in question at home due to this new interpretation, which can be read below. Calibre Magazine confirmed the story through a series of phone conversations with the Canadian Firearms Program, one of which is also available below.

The popular magazines have already been pulled off the shelves of various big box and small local gun shops at the request of the RCMP, including Cabela’s Canada, though many other retailers have yet to receive any communication and are still selling the magazines until told otherwise.

But not all is gloom and doom. It is still very important to remember a couple of points: one, the law hasn’t changed. No amendments to the Firearms Act or its regulations have been made to reflect this interpretation; and two, the RCMP Firearms Lab is a non-judiciary body and its interpretations of existing laws do not establish new ones.

According to the RCMP this is because of the similarity between the Ruger 10/22 rifles and the Charger pistols the magazines are “inherently designed” to work with the pistols and thus are regulated to a maximum capacity of 10 rounds. The logic of this decision is glaringly poor. Not only were the affected magazines designed and largely in distribution before the Charger pistols were designed, but this decision directly contradicts the RCMP’s own Special Bulletin #72 where it is explicitly stated that “that the maximum permitted capacity of a magazine is determined by the physical characteristics of the firearm it is designed or manufactured for.”

Due to the lack of official public notices of this decision it is recommended by the CSSA for owners of the affected magazines to await further instruction and to not take risks at this time. Our friends at Calibre Magazine are working with firearms advocacy groups like the CSSA to gather more information and to determine a course of action to right this wrong.

“The Moncton fish & Game Association (MFGA) has just learned today, that ALL large capacity magazines (more than 10 rounds) for the Ruger 10/22 are now considered Prohibited Devices under the Firearms Act.

From what we have been told at the moment, these large capacity magazines will fit certain specific handguns (pistols) thereby creating a situation where the pistol capacity now exceeds the 10 round limit on handguns. Individuals, who for an example, have a Butler Creek 25 round magazine for their 10/22 must now have the magazine “pinned” to 10 rounds, leave the magazine at home, or turn it in for destruction by the RCMP.

This does not affect those with Remington rim fire rifles or other manufacturers. Apparently this is unique to the Ruger 10/22.

Our Range Manager has been in contact with the RCMP-CFO and some form of official notification will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. As soon as we get official word we will pass it along. We advise our Association members not to use or destroy the large capacity magazines for their 10/22s until we get the official wording and more technical information from the RCMP-CFO.

The MFGA wants to thank Green Diamond Outfitters for letting us know about this new regulation as they received a visit from the CFO earlier today, and were required to pull some inventory from their shelves in order to not violate the new regulations.

Apparently Cabela’s and Bass Pro were going to be visited by the RCMP as well to review their stock.

We are providing this information as a courtesy in order to ensure people do not run afoul of the law.

Robert Snider
President
Moncton Fish & Game Association”