Backgrounder: List of prohibited assault-style firearms

May 1, 2020

Prohibition on assault-style firearms

The following categories of firearms (or any variants, current or future, included under the principal model) are classified as prohibited under the Criminal Code as of May 1, 2020.
Firearm Old Classification New Classification
M16, M4, AR-10, AR-15 rifle* Non-restricted/Restricted Prohibited
Ruger Mini-14 rifle Non-restricted/Restricted Prohibited
Vz58 rifle Non-restricted/Restricted Prohibited
M14 rifle Non-restricted Prohibited
Beretta CX4 Storm carbine Non-restricted/Restricted Prohibited
Robinson Armament XCR rifle Non-restricted/Restricted Prohibited
CZ Scorpion EVO 3 carbine and pistol Non-restricted/Restricted Prohibited
SIG Sauer SIG MCX and SIG Sauer SIG MPX carbine and pistol* Non-restricted/Restricted Prohibited
Swiss Arms Classic Green and Seasons Series rifles Non-restricted/Restricted Prohibited

*Upper receiver is also prescribed as a prohibited device

In addition to the list prohibited by model, all firearms with one or more of the following physical characteristics are prohibited on the basis that their potential power exceeds safe civilian use:

A list of prohibited firearms is available in Canada Gazette, Part II.

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