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Old 06-21-2014, 01:14 PM   #1
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Carrying weapons through Canada ???

I don't intend to re-hash the debate / discussion. It has been discussed and argued plenty and we all are probably tired of it. I'm fully aware of the handgun issue with traveling through Canada. I'm a retired police officer and do have a concealed carry permit that covers me here in the states. I choose NOT to carry the darn thing because I don't want to. I have in future plans to make the adventure trip through Canada to Alaska that many others before me have made. Not this year with some luck maybe next. I don't recall seeing any talk here of carrying a shotgun for both personal security and protection from wild critters along the way. For the most part I have not felt the need but being in remote areas for that long I'm beginning to put more thought to it. Canadian restrictions are more lenient and permits are available so I would appreciate hearing some ideas and opinions.

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Old 06-21-2014, 01:23 PM   #2
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From what I understand it is a major pain in the a** to get any gun into Canada. You can file for the proper paperwork and make it all legal but it is difficult and time consuming to get through. In some cases the local official confiscated the gun even though paperwork was filed.

Don't try to get a gun in illegally. If caught you are facing jail time and significant fines.

I have heard that most people ship their guns to a post office at their port of entry in Alaska. As soon as you enter Alaska you pick up your gun and it is legal since you are back in the US and Alaska allows a citizen to carry a gun.
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The info is here. Firearm Users Visiting Canada - Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Just make sure the firearm meets the specs. The barrel on my Glock is like 3 mm too short.
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:44 PM   #4
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We are planning to cross the border later in July. If the crossing at Sault Ste. Marie is not to congested I just may take a break and make some inquiries while there. Just to get the feel for what to expect if and when. If it looks to be a hassle I will just forget the thought.
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I have heard that most people ship their guns to a post office at their port of entry in Alaska. As soon as you enter Alaska you pick up your gun and it is legal since you are back in the US and Alaska allows a citizen to carry a gun.
If you do this you will need to ship it from one FFL to another FFL. You can't just ship it UPS or the Postal Service.

This is a great question, one I've been wondering myself for when we travel. Eventually we want to visit both Canada and Alaska.
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For the reasons you listed I took a shotgun with me last year on a trip through Canada on the way to Alaska. I got the information from Canada on what was required to transport a shotgun ( or rifle) through their country, followed the instructions as written, and had absolutely no problems. Transporting a handgun through is considerably more involved and I have not tried that. When I arrived at the border I was asked the standard questions about what I was carrying, fruit, meat, etc., and the answers were no, then about a firearm. I answered yes and he sent me to park out of the way and come inside the building. When I got in there an officer was already on the computer checking me out and the original officer asked me questions, one of which was when was the last time I was in court, the answer to which was, never. The officer on the computer came to the front and I gave him the three copies I had filled out. He suggested we use only one and then make copies. They collected $25.00 and sent me on my way. I do have a Texas CHL and no blemishes on my record. I had the gun in a case with a trigger lock on the gun and separated from the ammunition but they never asked nor checked it. Others may have a different experience but mine was very smooth. The reason I checked on the form for having the gun was to transport it through to Alaska. On their form I did not mention any other reason.
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I'm not a gun fan but the question that comes to mind is why a gun? Unless to hunt. Bears and cougars run with bear bangers or fireworks. Unless one is planning a camping trip to the Ghetto Creek
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I'm not a gun fan but the question that comes to mind is why a gun? Unless to hunt. Bears and cougars run with bear bangers or fireworks. Unless one is planning a camping trip to the Ghetto Creek
I think OP clearly stated why. And also stated he didn't want flack for his question. There is a member here who had a bear attempt to come in her AS window about 3 years ago. Her AS now wears the scars. It can and does happen.
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Along with the potential wildlife encounters I have had only 1 single encounter with
2 legged wildlife that could have been unpleasant while camping. So that is not a strong enough reason for any firearm, in my opinion that is. However they also do occur. Don't ever voice it at the border but personal safety can and is always in the back of our minds and travel in remote areas is no exception. The odds are in our favor but THEY are out there.
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Yes, it doesn't have to be in "Ghetto Creek" either.

Night of terror in BWCA still haunts family | Star Tribune

I have never packed on the 13 canoe trips before because another 3 pounds is a lot when portaging and paddling. The stuff in the article is rare, but obviously happens. I have had 2 non-threatening encounters with bears and 2 encounters with wolves. The wolves bother me more than the black bears....something about animals who hunt in packs gives me the creaps. I should start carrying up there. I go again in Sept.
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It didn't take long for a simple question about how one legally brings a gun into Canada to turn into opinion-giving instead...
including mentions of "Ghetto Creek".

Disappointing to see that one get past the moderators.....
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The info is here. Firearm Users Visiting Canada - Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Just make sure the firearm meets the specs. The barrel on my Glock is like 3 mm too short.

This seems reasonable, easy, and logical. Just like almost everything else in Canada. Very adult.
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