Course Catalogue

Firearms Investigations

Firearms Investigations

This course was originally developed by the Calgary Police Service and has been repurposed by CPKN for a national police audience.

Police officers regularly encounter situations involving firearms. In these cases, it is essential that officers are informed on the extent of their authorities and the procedures for properly managing firearms in various circumstances and settings. Based on the laws and regulations of the Firearms Act, the Firearms Investigations course focuses on the proper use, storage, and confiscation of firearms in Canada.

This course includes modules on:

  • Lawfully Storing, Displaying, and Transporting Firearms
  • Firearms and Ammunition in a Dwelling House
  • Exceptions to the Offences of Unauthorized Possession of Firearms
  • Failure to Produce
  • Search and Seizure without a Warrant
  • All Evidence-Seizure without Warrant
  • Public Safety Seizures (Section 117.04 C.C.)
  • Prohibition Orders (Section 111 C.C.)
  • Investigative Reminders
  • Surrendered Firearms
  • Safekeeping of Firearms
  • Suicide or Attempted Suicide

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the circumstances when an individual is lawfully storing, displaying, or transporting firearms and ammunition in a motor vehicle and in a dwelling house as authorized in the Criminal Code, the Firearms Act, and appropriate regulations.
  • Identify the circumstances where there are exceptions to the offences of unauthorized possession of firearms.
  • Identify the circumstances which give lawful authority to seize firearms and ammunition upon failure to produce authorization.
  • Identify the circumstances and the sections of the Criminal Code which give lawful authority to make a warrantless search and seizure of firearms and ammunition.
  • Identify the circumstances and the sections of the Criminal Code which give lawful authority to apply for a Prohibition Order.
  • Describe the correct procedures for securing and handling seized firearms.
  • Describe the correct procedures for securing and handling firearms that are found, turned in, or used in suicides or suicide attempts.

Content Provider

Content for this course was provided by the Calgary Police Service and has been adapted for use by all police services in Canada.


Price: $50.00

Content Provider: Calgary Police Service

Language: English

Length: 2 hours


Release Date: 2007-12-07