Thursday, December 08, 2011

Entering Canada, declare those firearms

Three recent cases in the news.

American vehicles searched after declaring no firearms being transported.

- Machen, who has multiple health issues, was held in custody in the hospital until his court appearance Thursday.

- At the time, Cross and Barr — accompanied by their wives — were on their way to Alaska to celebrate Cross’s wedding anniversary but instead ended up in jail for five days until a $50,000 bail for each was raised.
Result. $10,000 fine each.

Visitors may import non-restricted firearms (shotgun/rifle) into Canada for legitimate purposes:

- sporting or hunting use during hunting season;
- use in competitions;
- in-transit movement (i.e., moving in the most direct route possible from Point A to Point B) through Canada; or
personal protection against wildlife in remote areas of Canada, as long as the customs officer is satisfied that the circumstances warrant the firearm being imported.

Import 200 rounds duty free for hunting purposes, or up to 1,500 rounds duty free for use at a recognized competition.

When entering Canada with a firearm a "Nonresident Firearm Declaration" must be completed.

Bringing Firearms Into Canada

In theory a handgun can be brought into Canada, such as for a recognized competition, but it has to be approved for import prior to your intended visit. If heading to Alaska and you need your handgun, ship the firearm via UPS or FedEx. The post office won't ship a handgun!


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  1. Failure to declare is a minimum mandatory three year prison sentence under the criminal code, in addition to fines under the customs act.

  2. Came across your website and enjoyed immensely. Thank you. Sorry to learn that Canadians do not enjoy the same gun ownership rights that Americans enjoy, needing to register all weapons. Only a matter of time before liberal Ottawa confiscation? What a shame! Hope America isn't next... :-(