licensing branch ruling
DECISION 14 OCT 2005
IS A MAGAZINE A MAJOR
COMPONENT OF A WEAPON?
is a push to establish large capacity magazines for
center fire and bolt action rifles to be unlawful,
by deeming them to be major components of a weapon.
magazines presently considered to be major
components of a firearm? What is a major
component of a weapon?
doesn't want its member to suffer any unpleasant
surprises and so wrote to the WLB and put the
question directly to them. Our intention was to
obtain a specific advice from a person
responsible for the administration of the law,
such that our members, being so advised, can
reasonably determine in good faith whether the
law applies to their individual circumstance.
is their response. We publish it here, in its
entirety, so that you can be aware of their
ruling, and order your affairs accordingly.
gist of it:
are firearms which will not function without a
magazine in place. Therefore the magazine would
be a major component part as defined as the
firearm would be considered inoperable without
As to whether
and in what circumstances a magazine (or other
part) becomes a major component part of a
weapon, the example of a firearm which cannot
function without the part in place certainly
clarifies the issue.
We advise you
to keep a copy of this letter in your files.