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Old 03-06-2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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Weapons in Canada?

We are planning a trip to Alaska this year. I would like to take my 12 gauge Winchester defender with me. What kind of problems might I encounter at the Canadian border? Has anyone declared a weapon at the border and did they search your RV?

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Old 03-07-2010, 08:37 AM   #2
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Canada's gun laws are EXTREMELY restrictive & vigorously enforced. Handguns are NEVER permitted and shotguns are also restricted. See HERE.

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Hunting rifles are permitted with proper documentation but a shortened shot gun will raise eyebrows. Check with a customs broker but the answer will likely be no.
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your best bet is to have your firearms shipped to a FFL in Alaska for you to pick up and use while there. then ship it back to your local ffl when you get ready to head home.
My thing is Canada has tons of remote areas, and bad guys are every where....
so we plan to take our two big dogs
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Thanks Doc, Roy, and Powerboatr for the info. Powerboatr, I am also in East Texas and spent time in the Navy on USS Coral Sea as a BT.
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Thanks Doc, Roy, and Powerboatr for the info. Powerboatr, I am also in East Texas and spent time in the Navy on USS Coral Sea as a BT.
SWEEEEEEET
coral sea was with us in an engagement way back in dam lye, i mean libya
capt crunch was her new nickname

good to see some swabbies running around here
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:10 PM   #7
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Go to this site for regulations on transporting firearms into Canada:

Carrying Firearms and Weapons into Canada
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You've certainly gotten some great info from others, but I want to tell you: Do not try to hide your Defender! My last trip to Vancouver Island for some salmon fishing, they held us up in Sidney for hours and damn near took things apart on the inside. They went through every drawer and under everything, while we stood out in the rain! Oddly, they never opened an outside compartment or looked in the toad. I even asked them about it when it was all over, and they looked at me like, What? Look outside for firearms?? It was very uncomfortable. Turns out they are connected to the US DOJ database, ran my passport, and so knew I owned handguns registered in the states (of course I left them home!) But that was a big red flag. They're real big on disliking handguns and short-barreled shotguns. Just so you know, don't try to trick um. Eh?
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To Steelheadbluesman, I would guess you probably have a concealed carry or special license for handguns which can be easily checked by running a drivers license. The US Gov't does not have a list of registered owners. When you purchase a handgun the registration you fill out stays with the dealer and is not sent to the feds.
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Nalcon - I sincerely hope you are right. Still, most of my guns are not registered. I remember a bumper sticker that said "I love my country, but I fear my government." I lean just a bit that way. But hell, I'm not even a republican.
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Lightbulb Remote areas ? Bad guys?

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...............My thing is Canada has tons of remote areas, and bad guys are every where....
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We do have remote areas????
I have not come across a bad guy!!!!?
At least not in 'remote' areas

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If you had weapons on board are there places this side before you cross over to secure such for 2 or 3 month's?
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If you had weapons on board are there places this side before you cross over to secure such for 2 or 3 month's?
Go to the links highlighted in prior posts. Scroll around. Yes, in many crossings there are outfits that secure your firearms for a fee. BUT you cannot cross, get found with a gun and then go back into the States to store it! They will confiscate it for sure, according to the US Consulate site.
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Nalcon,
The weapons may not be registered, but the concealed handgun license may be due to the reciprocity between states. That would be interesting to find out about.
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