The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have issued an official public notice more than 10 days after circulating internal documents
After more than a week of speculation, uncertainty, and even fear of law-abiding firearms owners becoming criminals the RCMP have finally issued an official public notice regarding 10/22 magazines.
The notice, which was posted to the RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Program website, states:
The maximum capacity of a cartridge magazine is set out in Part 4 of the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted (the Regulations) under the Criminal Code. Pursuant to the Regulations, a magazine that has a capacity which exceeds the maximum permitted capacity is a prohibited device.
Specifically, paragraph 3 (1)(b) of the Regulations prohibit a cartridge magazine that is capable of containing more than 10 cartridges of the type for which the magazine was originally designed and that is designed or manufactured for use in a semi-automatic handgun that is commonly available in Canada.
22 Long Rifle calibre magazines designed or manufactured for 10/22 platform rifles are also inherently designed or manufactured for 10/22 platform handguns. Because 22 Long Rifle calibre 10/22 platform magazines are designed or manufactured for use in a semi-automatic handgun, they are prohibited devices if they are capable of containing more than 10 cartridges. The 10 cartridge limit for the 10/22 platform applies irrespective of the type of firearm it is used in.
This comes the same day that Conservative MP Bob Zimmer, for the riding of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies wrote an open letter to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson expressing his concern and requesting that the decision be reversed. Whether this notice was issued in response to that letter is unclear. What is clear, however, is that many members of the firearms community are upset. And rightfully so.
So what can I do?
For the sake of legality it is recommended that you comply – for now – with the decision and “pin” the magazine to 10 rounds. But you can also write to your MP and to the Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale and politely urge them to help restore the unregulated status of these magazines. There is also a lawyer in Edmonton who is looking for people who might potentially represent in court so that he can fight and have the decision overturned by a judge (interested parties may contact me using the contact page and I will forward his information to you).