Firearms Safety Course

Kentenha/October 4, 2016

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Department of Justice will be hosting a Firearms Safety Course for the Non-Restricted and Combined Non-Restricted/Restricted Firearms courses. The courses are slated for January 13-15, 2017. The first day (January 13th) will be for the Non-Restricted Firearms and the Combined Firearms course from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The second day (January 14th) is for both the Non-Restricted and Combined course from 9:00am to 6:00pm, and ending with the Non-Restricted course exam. The third day (January 15th) will only be for the Combined (NR & R) Firearms course from 9:00am to 6:00pm, and ending with the Restricted Firearms course exam.

The cost for the Non-Restricted course is $150.00 (cash on the day of the course), and there is a manual needed for the course that will cost $21.00. The cost for the Combined Non-Restricted/Restricted course is $260.00, and there is a manual needed for the Restricted Firearms segment that will cost $21.00.

There are only 10 spots available for the courses; however, if there are enough people interested there may be another course offered in the following month. The location for the course will be determined at a later time. Registration for the course will be done through the Compliance Program, which can be reached at (613) 575-2250 ext. 2417 for Trent McDonald or ext. 2415 for Lelan Clute. In order to hold your spot for the course there is a $40.00 deposit, which will need to be done as soon as possible. The deposit counts towards the price of the course:

The cost on day for the Non-Restricted Firearms course will only be $110.00 with the $40.00 deposit.

If there are any questions or inquiries regarding the course, please call the Compliance Program office.

Trent McDonald                                                      Lelan Clute

(613) 575-2250 ext. 2417                                      (613) 575-2250 ext. 2415

(613) 551-6867 (cell)                                              (613) 577-0796 (cell)                      


There are three classes of firearms: non-restricted, restricted, and prohibited.

Non-Restricted firearms are ordinary rifles and shotguns, other than those referred to below.

Restricted firearms include:

  1. a handgun that is not prohibited firearm,
  2. a firearm that
    1. is not prohibited firearm,
    2. has a barrel less than 470 mm in length, and
    3. is capable of discharging centre-fire ammunition in a semi-automatic manner,
  3. a firearm that is designed or adapted to be fired when reduced to a length of less than 600mm by folding, telescoping or otherwise, or
  4. a firearm of any other kind that is prescribed to be a restricted firearm.

Prohibited firearms include:

  1. handguns with a barrel length of 105mm or less and handguns that discharge .25 or .32 calibre ammunition, except for a few specific ones used in International Shooting Union competitions;
  2. rifles and shotguns that have been altered by sawing or other means so that their barrel length is less than 457mm or their overall length is less than 660mm;
  3. full automatics;
  4. converted automatics, namely full automatics that have been altered so that they fire only one projectile when the trigger is squeezed; and
  5. firearms prohibited by Criminal Code Regulations

Information was provided by the RCMP’s website