Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Canadian Snowbird denied entry into the USA with Firearm

Canadian Snowbird denied entry with shoot invitations and approved ATF Form 6NIA.

Invitations did not cover length of stay (4 months).

You have three options when your filling out the application.  Two of them are applying with Shoot Invitations or applying with Hunting License.
You can't mix and match.
If you go with Shoot Invitations, then you have to have a shoot invitation that covers the length of your stay when entering the USA.  In the case of the snow bird who was going to be in the states for four months, he needed several invitations and one from a shoot that was four months down the road.  On a second try he had the necessary paperwork.
A shoot flyer is not a shoot invitation.  An invitation has to be on letter head, addressed to the shooter, list shoot dates and signed.  More then one date can be on a letter, to include fun and league shooting.
If you don't have shoot invitations or think it will be a problem for the period involved, the Hunting License option is what you need.  A hunting License can be from any state.  Your visiting Florida but your license is from Alaska.  Not a problem.  Using the Hunting License option allows you to enter the states for almost any reason regarding the shooting sports (protection is not a reason), to include visiting a club when they are not having an event. 
I suggest those that do use the Hunting License option have a few shoot flyers/invitations with you incase the agent wants to make sure of your intent.
Any questions can be answered by: 
Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch
Phone: (304) 616-4550.  Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)


  1. I thought shoot invitations and / or hunting licenses are now only required for those travelling under a non-immigrant visa? Was this particular "snowbird" travelling as such?

    1. Have no idea. You have three options when you fill out the application. He picked shoot invitations and didn't have his ducks in line when it was time to cross the border.