Monday, September 22, 2008

US Customs at Highgate Springs Vermont blows it. The entire shift requires ATF Form 6NIA training

Interstate 89 at the Border, Highgate Springs, Vermont

Warning to all Canadian travelers with firearms!

This past Friday (Sep 19. 2008) a Canadian was held up at the Vermont I-89 crossing for one hour because three U.S. agents on duty had no idea what the procedure was in regard to ATF Form 6NIA.

The Canadian declared his shotgun, where he was going, and showed his ATF Form 6NIA (the form pre-approved by ATF for Canadians to temporarily bring a firearm and ammunition into the states).

The approval process for the ATF Form 6NIA can take six weeks or longer!

First, they wanted to see an ATF Form 6? The form used for permanent import of a firearm.

Second, when told this was a temporary import and a ATF Form 6 was not required, they asked for the original ATF Form 6NIA, as the FAX copy in the shooters possession was not acceptable. He patently explained he had been crossing for years and this is the form he receives each year from the ATF via FAX, and has been accepted at all crossings in the past. (Note: a FAX copy is legal)

They then questioned his crossing with a hunting license, as he was not going hunting. Once again, the shooter explained that using a hunting license for attending target shoots was acceptable and approved by ATF. (Note: This is legal and acceptable)

He was also questioned on why his Canadian Firearms license number was on the ATF Form 6NIA. The shooter replied it was part of the ATF permit process for Canadian travelers.

When the firearm inspection was conducted (shotgun) they had him step back from the case. After some time, they then had to ask him where the serial number was as they could not find it.

When it was all said in done, the shooter said he had a flyer for the shoot if they wished to see it. After seeing the flyer they let him proceed. As if the shoot flyer made all the difference...

I asked the Canadian to call ATF and make a formal complaint, but I think most are weary of the possibility of having there name placed in a computer and being labeled as a trouble maker and will most likely not place the call.

Earlier this year at a different Vermont crossing, a US Customs agent dropped a shotgun barrel and it was damaged.

Quebec Stockmaker/Gunsmith, Klaus Hiptmayer was able to repair the barrel.

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