Feds tweak draft regulations, following criticism, to ensure gun buyers have licence

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The Liberal government has revised draft firearm regulations to ensure someone buying a gun actually has a valid licence.
    
When Bill C-71 received royal assent in 2019, the government said it would require sellers to verify the validity of a firearms licence before selling a non-restricted firearm, such as a rifle or shotgun.
    
However, proposed regulations included no obligation on the part of a seller to check with the federal firearms registrar to see if a prospective gun buyer had a valid licence _ an omission that sparked criticism from gun-control advocates.
    
Final regulations made public today have closed that loophole.
    
Bill C-71 also requires vendors to keep records of non-restricted firearm transactions.
    
In addition, the legislation expands background checks that would determine eligibility for a firearms licence to a person's entire life, not just the last five years.