I read an interesting article by Lorne Gunter in the National Post. In summation he is floating the idea of getting rid of licensing for gun owners. As a gun enthusiast I have to say that I disagree with Mr Gunter and those that know me will likely be quite surprised.
Part and parcel of getting a license is going through a day-long course on gun laws and gun safety. You can also challenge the test and avoid the day-long curse. Successfully passing the test demonstrates a basic familiarity with gun safety. The license that you are subsequently issued should be a lifetime license. There needs to be a provision for the courts to remove the license in the event of a licensee being convicted of a crime or no longer having capacity (in the legal sense). A lifetime license would remove most of the overhead of administering the licensing program.
If guns were used solely for hunting then the gun safety could be rolled into the hunter safety courses as it used to be before the advent of the FAC. We do need to recognize, though, that a certain portion of gun owners aren't hunters but just shoot targets.