12. A firearm must never be placed on the ground. This is
to avoid having the barrel become plugged with dirt
or damaging the mechanism. A firearm with a
plugged barrel must never be fired.
13. When a firearm jams or misfires, it must be immediately
given to the armourer.
14. The armourer must become familiar with the manu-
facturer’s warnings, the expiry dates, as well as the
safety standards applicable to the handling of firearms
15. Only the armourer (off camera) may hand a loaded
firearm to the person (on camera) who is going to
use it. The safety must be locked, if possible.
16. An actor may refuse to use a firearm if he has not
been informed of it in advance or if he considers the
situation dangerous. If a person 16 years of age or
younger is expected to take part in a scene where a
firearm is used, his parents (or guardians) must be
informed in advance. If this person must use a firearm,
authorization must be obtained from his parents (or
17. The armourer is the person who gives the instructions
relating to the safe handling of firearms. If a person
16 years of age or younger must handle a firearm,
the armourer must give him the appropriate training
before the day of filming or recording and with his
parents (or guardians) present.
18. The armourer must have in his possession all firearms
that are not being used in filming, recording or
rehearsals. Also, an assistant armourer must be
present whenever more than five firearms will be
used at the same time. When automatic firearms are
used, the armourer may request that an assistant be
present, even if fewer than five firearms are being
fired at the same time. In all cases, it is up to the
armourer to determine the number of assistants
Safety Rules for the Québec Film and Video
Written by the Technical Committee of the film and video industry’s joint
sector-based working group and produced by the Commission de la santé
et de la sécurité du travail du Québec.