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Unwanted Guns
While the Firearms Act sets out how firearms may be transferred and who may possess them, provincial estate laws determine the role of the executor. In Quebec, the Executor of an Estate is referred to as the Liquidator of the Succession. While estate law may vary from province to province, an executor generally has the same rights the deceased had to possess firearms, while the estate is being settled. Even if an individual is not personally licensed to possess firearms, they can possess a firearm left in an estate for a reasonable amount of time while the estate is being settled. An individual who is under a court-ordered prohibition from possessing firearms cannot take possession of firearms left in an estate. They can, however, act as executor and facilitate the transfer of the firearm(s) to someone who may lawfully acquire them. If the deceased owner did not have a. a firearms possession licence AND b. a registration certificate for their restricted or prohibited firearm, they were in illegal possession of the firearm. This puts the executor at risk of penalties for possessing the firearm unless they act quickly to comply with the law. To act as the executor and obtain information on the estate firearms, the executor is required to provide the following documentation to the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program (CFP): form RCMP 6016 Declaration of Authority to Act on Behalf of an Estate and confirmation that the registered owner is deceased: o the death certificate, or o letters of probate, or o a document (on letterhead) from a police department or coroner

Inherited Firearms Information for Executors