Safety tips for traveling with a non-restricted firearm

Prince George

2023-09-11 09:19 PDT

As autumn draws quickly upon us, Prince George RCMP would like to remind those traveling with their non-restricted firearms this season about a few safety tips and rules.

We have many hunters and firearms enthusiasts travel through Prince George and stay at our hotels or with family and friends, and we want to remind them about the safe storage and transportation of their firearms when they are leaving their vehicle, either for a quick stop for food or while they overnight in our City, states Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, Media Relations Officer for the Prince George RCMP.


Ensure that your firearm is transported out if sight, either in a locked trunk or lockable compartment. If the vehicle does not have a locking trunk or compartment, you must make sure they are out of sight inside the locked vehicle. For example, under the back seat or covered with a blanket. Non-restricted firearms must be unloaded during transportation.


You cannot store your firearms in your vehicle overnight. Attach a secure locking device, such as a trigger lock or cable lock, remove the bolt so that the firearm cannot be fired or lock the firearms in a container that is difficult to break into. Bring your firearms into your hotel or temporary residence with you and place them out of sight and store them unloaded.

Photo of a shotgun with a cable lock properly installed

You must also store the ammunition separately from the firearm or in the same locked container as the firearm, if you are traveling with a locking gun case.

Decals or stickers on your vehicle that advertise that you own or like guns could make it more likely that you will become a target of theft. Consider removing these decals or else take all necessary precautions to make sure you are traveling with and storing your firearms securely.

For more information on the Regulations on Storage, Display, Transportation and Handling of Firearms by Individuals, visit the Justice Laws Website.

You can also view more Firearms Safety Tips on the RCMP website.

Released by

Cpl. Jennifer Cooper
Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3300


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