Some security guards in Canada are allowed to carry and use guns, but only if they are guarding cash or precious metals.
They also have to apply for a Possession and Acquisition License and work with a security firm approved by the Ontario government.
“It’s most common in jewellery stores. Bodyguards are not allowed to carry guns in Canada. It has to be a precious metal or a cash value,” security expert Chris Menary said in an interview.
But a security guard carrying a gun is different than a police officer. The officer is given their gun as a use-of-force option. The security guard, however, has to be protecting cash or precious metals as well as perceive an immediate threat in order to use the gun.