May 27, 2020

Government to Begin Search for Provincially Appointed Chief Firearms Officer

Saskatchewan is beginning the search for a provincially-appointed Chief Firearms Officer.  While Saskatchewan’s Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) has historically been appointed by the federal government, the Premier announced earlier this year that the province would be taking steps to appoint its own CFO.

The province is currently working with the federal government to ensure a seamless transition from the federally-appointed CFO to one that is provincially appointed.

“We believe a provincially-appointed Chief Firearms Officer will be well positioned to represent Saskatchewan’s position on firearms regulation to the federal government,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “Our government will always stand beside law-abiding Saskatchewan firearms owners, and we believe a provincially-appointed CFO will assist in that advocacy.”

The CFO is responsible for administering the federal Firearms Act in the province and has jurisdiction over the licensing, transporting and carrying of firearms.  The CFO also licenses instructors to deliver firearms safety courses in the province.

A preferred applicant will have extensive experience in the field of firearm safety as well as experience with firearms laws in Canada.  The applicant should also have a broad understanding of the diverse and unique demographic of Saskatchewan firearms owners.

“While this position does not have the ability to change federal laws or regulations, a provincially-appointed Chief Firearms Officer would best be able to articulate Saskatchewan’s concerns to the federal government on these issues while also respectfully engaging with the Saskatchewan firearms community,” Tell said.

Government plans to post for the position of a provincially-appointed CFO on tomorrow with a closing date of June 10.