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Question about crossing the border up to Canada

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by owdee tt nl, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. owdee tt nl

    owdee tt nl Edmonds or Renton Member

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    I have to go up to Canada next month for some business but what is the rule on taking my handgun across the border? Should I just leave it at home? Will I get harassed at the border? Can I even take it with me into Canada?
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Dont take it with you.
     
  3. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Handguns are ILLEGAL in Canada, even long guns require a special license and it's for hunting only, not self protection. Self protection is NOT a legal reason for owing a firearm. You won't just be "harassed" at the border, you will be arrested, your vehicle confiscated and, when you get out of prison, be deported with no possibility of ever returning to Canada in the future. Their country, their rules!

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  4. owdee tt nl

    owdee tt nl Edmonds or Renton Member

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    did not know that, good to know.

    Thanks for the info
     
  5. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    +1 :thumbup: I frequently cross at Pentiction BC by private aircraft. I carry a Armalite survival carbine in the plane and when I land they direct you to a holding spot on the ramp and an officer meets you. You are not to as much as open a door until directed. The first question is: Any firearms on board? I show the Armalite and they place a Customs seal on it. No big deal. Of course coming the other way is a whole different story...but I won't bore you with it and just mutter in my beard.
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Also: if your vehicle or you carry an NRA or other gun club logo or pin expect to have your vehicle torn apart and you treated like a criminal. I frequent RV forums and it's been discussed there. Even just having a Texas license is enough to trigger (couldn't resist) a THOROUGH search and they don't put things back for you either.

    If you were traveling through to Alaska they used to seal the weapon in a lock box, get to the Alaska border and they would unseal it and you're on your way. They don't do that anymore either.

    There are limited ways to take a gun into Canada, but it's a big hassle.

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  7. m1gunr

    m1gunr Tacoma Member

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    Canada has three classes of firearms: non-restricted, restricted and prohibited. What follows is a summary. Please refer to the Canadian Firearms Centre or contact a Canadian Consulate in the U.S. for more detailed information.

    Carrying Firearms and Weapons into Canada
     
  8. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Foreigners can get Canadian Possession And Acquisition (PAL) and "Restricted" (RPAL) permits. They have to take a course, pass a test, get a background check and provide references. If you are a competitive shooter you could get all the proper papers to carry a gun into Canada but it is a lot of hoops to go through.

    Technically it is possible but it is a ton of hassle. You would have to transport a pistol unloaded and locked in your trunk. You couldn't take a pistol with a barrel length shorter than 4.2" or a caliber less than something like .32. Kind of weird rules. But they do get to have short barreled shotguns without "tax stamps" and they can buy guns through the mail. They also get all those cool Chinese knock-offs that are banned here (M1 Garand clones).
     
  9. wyecoyote

    wyecoyote Pierce County, WA New Member

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    Not true. Handguns are legal just either classified as restricted or prohibitive class. They can own them just don't expect to be able to bring one in to the country. My Father in law is Canadian (lives in the US now). Was up visiting his family near Salmon Arms his brother has a restricted card with several handguns. There are very specific rules for transportation and he stated almost not worth while. They can also have a prohibitive class just more difficult for basically NFA title 2 style firearms. Including select fire weapons. The prohibitive class is about as rare to get as getting a concealed carry permit in Canada legal just so rare most people don't realize it exists.
     
  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    So all in all,it really isn't worth the trouble to even go to Canada?

    I mean we have better beer,I don't smoke,but we have better pot,the women are better here,and I can get to Alaska by boat.

    So why do I need to go to Canada,anyway?

    Seriously though.Thanks for the info and links.
     
  11. owdee tt nl

    owdee tt nl Edmonds or Renton Member

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    I'm just going up for the day so I will just leave it at home. I only go up there every couple years so it's not worth all the trouble
     
  12. wyecoyote

    wyecoyote Pierce County, WA New Member

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    The pot and prostitution is legal in Canada. Well mostly legal really grey area. Our beer is much cheaper for sure. Couldn't belive that when we went there 48 beers cost about $100.
     
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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    OK so the "peeler bars" are a sight to see.
     
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    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Oh, I disagree about the women! I've visited Vancouver many times and have NEVER seen so many beautiful women! It must be that Socialist water that they drink there, and a lot of Scottish genes.............................elsullo


     
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    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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