You do need a licence, specifically a PAL(Posession Aquisition Licence) with a restricted added to it if you want handguns.What'll it take to get this?One weekend of your time to take the training course,fill out an application and wait a few weeks. If you want handguns,you must either register as a collector or be a member of a gun club,as it is not permitted to shoot restricted weapons outside a licenced range.
As far as regular non-restricted firearms go, you walk into the store,pick your firearm,show your licence and pay your money. Then you walk out of the store with you firearm! Viola, you have just jumped through the myriad of legal hoopes and restrictions and obtained that impossible-to-get firearm. In fact, you can buy a shorter barreled shotgun non-restrcited in Canada than in most U.S states. Did you know you can legally buy and shoot a 12.5 inch barreled 12 guage shotgun,as long as it has a full stock to make it's overall length legal? Go look at CanadaAmmo.com to check it out.
As for handguns, no,it's not difficult. In fact,I had to go online, buy my .45 and 9mm from a website,then pick them up at the post office a week later. Now granted, you do have to get a permit to transport the pistol home and to the range, but it requires one simple fax sent to you Chief Firearms Officer. In Alberta, my permit to transport allows me to take my pistols to any range in the province,whenever I want.Some places like Ontario make it a bit more restrictive,limiting the ranges you can go to. Lets be real, in a SHTF situation where you actually NEED these guns, laws may not be priority #1.
In the time it took to come here and post false information and ask for unneccesary help,you could have printed off all the info you needed online and had all your answers. I get a bit annoyed when people make it seem like we're jsut like the Brits or Aussie's who let our government take our guns away. This is not the case! In fact, we just got our long-gun registry scrapped ,so when you buy a shotgun or rifle at the store, it's not even registered anymore. So,there ya go,no more need to carry fake guns,should the need arise!
edit on 16-7-2012 by xxclaro because: (no reason given)