Avtually, while it is very restrictive in Canada, I wouldn't describe it as a nightmare, if one is a pistol target shooter for example.
i own a Glock 45 GAP, CZ Shadow 9mm and Smith and Wesson model 41, .22 that I shoot at a local gun club. My "ATT" - authorization to transport, permit, allows me to transport any handgun to a shooting range / club, in Canada and back home, and is valid for several years. It does not allow me to use it for carry or self defense purposes.
When you say they can own handguns made prior to 1899, are you referring to England? That is not the case in Canada.
I would love to be able to carry my 45 GAP when hunting but if I were to do that, it would be against the law here.
Originally Posted by nitestalker
In Canada like England they are totally paranoid about handguns. They can own handguns made prior to 1899 that are on the approved list. To own a modern handgun is a pure night mare. The laws on a .22 target pistol are similar to out Machine gun ownership laws.