The Chatham-Kent Police Service has one Constable on staff who is designated as the Firearms Examiner. The officer is responsible for the administrative requirements of reporting and the management of the protected inventory of the Service (firearms seized for safekeeping or criminal reasons). The Firearms Examiner also maintains the agency inventory and assists the Training Unit with the maintenance of CKPS firearms.
CKPS does not have a time restriction on the storage of firearms. If your firearms have been seized or turned over to CKPS, they are only destroyed when ordered by the Courts or when a voluntary request for destruction is made.
If firearms are eligible to be returned (ie: court is completed, licence issues are resolved) an appointment must be made for the firearms to be released.
Firearms that are in possession of the Police Service that are subject to release by way of a Court Order can only be released when the Firearms Unit has received a copy of the Court Order; has received authorization from the Investigating Officer; and the thirty (30) day appeal period has passed. The Area Firearms Officer (OPP) will have to verify licence status prior to release.
When attending to retrieve your firearm at your scheduled appointment, you will be required to produce a valid firearm license and registration certificates (for restricted and prohibited firearms). If the firearm being retrieved is a restricted or prohibited firearm, you will be required to produce an Authorization to Transport (ATT) from a Chief Firearms Officer. You can apply for an ATT by calling 1-800-731-4000. To be eligible for an ATT you must have a valid firearms license authorizing you to possess restricted firearms.
To speak with the CKPS Firearms Examiner and set up an appointment, please call 519-436-6600 extension #653.
All firearms license issues must be resolved through the RCMP and/or the Chief Firearms Officer (OPP). The CKPS has no jurisdiction over licensing issues.
For any inquiries or information on licences, registrations, transfers and ATT’s, please contact the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000 or visit the RCMP website at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/index-eng.htm