University Owned or Privately Owned Firearms?

  • Protective Services stores and maintains some University owned firearms for various departments.
  • Your Faculty Dean or Unit Director must authorize use of departmental  firearms while conducting research in the field. Make a request of Protective Services 10 working days prior to when you require the firearm. Picture identification (driver’s license or OneCard) and a valid Firearms Possession License is required.
  • For use of a personal firearm for research, approval from Protective Services must be acquired.  

Acquiring or Disposing of a Firearm  

  • In order to acquire or dispose of a University-owned firearm, review the policy and applicable procedure.  

Firearms must be maintained yearly

  • Protective Services will maintain University owned firearms that they provide storage for. 
  • Anyone using a privately owned firearm is responsible for the yearly maintenance of it and must ensure that it is in good working order. 


  • Pursuant to University Firearms Policy, no ammunition is allowed anywhere on campus unless you have written permission from the Protective Services. 
  • Hand loaded ammunition is not to be used.  It is the user's responsibility to purchase factory ammunition that is designed to be fired in the firearm you are deploying in the field. 

Report any Firearms Incident

  • In case of a firearm incident (accidental discharge, injury or death to a person or non-research animal, property damage, theft of a firearm) report it to Protective Services  by adhering to the Firearms Incident Reporting Procedure.

Applicable Laws

Licenses & Training

  • To be in possession of a firearm, you must have a possession license and you must take a Firearms course from a Certified Firearms Instructor.  A Police background and securities check is required (can take up to 6 months). If you are not a Canadian Citizen, the check will take longer.  
  • The University recommends a hands-on firearm users course for those using firearms for research purposes.