Welcome, fellow Canadian gun owners and enthusiasts! Today, we’re delving into a topic that combines trust, responsibility, and the camaraderie of friendship: lending firearms. While it’s not uncommon for friends to ask for a favour, borrowing a gun comes with its own set of unwritten rules and etiquette. Join us as we explore the unspoken guidelines gun owners often follow when loaning their beloved firearms to their best buddies.

The Foundation of Trust

Just as in any lending arrangement, trust is paramount. Lending a firearm to a close friend is usually the norm. Someone you’ve known for years, someone you trust with your life – these are the individuals you’re more likely to consider when a friend asks to borrow your firearm.

Safety, Safety, Safety

Before handing over your cherished firearm, prioritize safety. Ensure your friend knows firearms, understands basic safety rules, and has experience handling similar guns. A responsible borrower is a safe borrower, and it’s crucial to ensure they are well-versed in safe handling practices.

The Legal Landscape

It’s time to get legal! Familiarize yourself with the firearms laws and regulations and any specific requirements for lending firearms. Both you and your friend must possess the necessary licenses. Complying with the law is not just a good practice – it’s an essential one.

Secure Storage and Transportation

Guns need safe homes, even when they’re on loan. Ensure your friend has a secure storage solution to safeguard the borrowed firearm when not used. Additionally, educate them on proper transportation methods, as firearms must be transported legally and securely in accordance with Canadian laws.

Personal Preferences and Quirks

Like any gun owner, you might have preferences or specific rules. Do you require your friend to provide their own ammunition, clean the firearm after use, or handle any maintenance tasks? Clarify these expectations in advance to avoid any misunderstandings.


It’s a Serious Matter. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room – liability. While you may trust your friend, it’s essential to understand the legal implications of lending a firearm. Remember that you may still be legally responsible for any misuse or illegal activities involving the borrowed gun. Have an honest conversation about liabilities, and ensure that both parties know their responsibilities.

Lending a firearm to a friend can be a gesture of trust and friendship, but it also comes with great responsibility. By following these unwritten rules and etiquette guidelines, you can ensure a safe, legal, and enjoyable borrowing experience. Remember to prioritize safety, stay informed about the laws, and always communicate openly with your friend. So, fellow Canadian gun owners, let’s keep these unspoken rules in mind and foster a community of responsible firearm ownership. Happy lending!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for general guidance only. It’s essential to consult and comply with Canadian laws, regulations, and requirements regarding firearm ownership, possession, and lending. Safety should always be the top priority when handling firearms.

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