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Old 07-04-2015, 09:44 PM   #71
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And will abide by their laws when going to Canada. I would check my handguns at a nearby USA border gunsmith, get the Canadian permit for a shotgun, and head into Canada with a wonderfully capable shotgun! Works for me.
Interesting idea. I wonder if anyone here has ever done this and how did it work out.
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Interesting idea. I wonder if anyone here has ever done this and how did it work out.
I haven't done it, but it is quite common for gunsmiths to "take in" a firearm for cleaning, adjusting, repair, etc. I would just find a gunsmith near the border, ask them to take in my handguns "for cleaning", pay them a modest fee, keep a shotgun with me (with permit), and then head into Canada.

What a perfect solution to not having to leave your handguns at home, in the event that you might want to venture into Canada during a trip. And, still be able to have a very capable defense weapon with you in the coach!

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Guns I have no need for. But food I do. Travelling into Canada no one has ever asked me about food or looked through my car or trailer. Alcohol on the other hand is the one consistent question I always get. Travelling into the US I always get my trailer inspected and sometimes my car and they always ask about food especially fruit and vegetables. And it changes every year and sometimes several times a year. I've gotten a few warnings for forgetting to declare some lime in my fridge or my Salami on my sandwich. Now I just tell them I don't have a clue whats in fridge knock yourself out and check (this was the advice of the boarder guard in regard to the last time this happened). I don't try to sneak anything in nor do I intentionally not tell them them, but sometimes I just don't remember what I have. So now it is easier to accept the fact that they are going to go through the coach and check for themselves and I don't have to worry about a fine or a warning.
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I like the idea. Will have to keep it in mind when I make my journey north.
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Arizona is one of my favorite places. I have spent some time in Tucson. Great place! Tombstone was fun!!
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I like the idea. Will have to keep it in mind when I make my journey north.
Michael... I have no doubt that it would not be difficult to arrange this with any number of gunsmiths near the border. Just be sure you get the permit to bring the shotgun into Canada so you are legal! Don't want to be without that! And don't want to break any laws. Keep it honest; keep it legal.

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Arizona is one of my favorite places. I have spent some time in Tucson. Great place! Tombstone was fun!!
PaulnGina... Tucson is a favorite place for us. And Tombstone is such a hoot! How amazing to walk the same dirt streets that those legendary, historic people walked, and where that historic gunfight took place. It's pretty cool. And thankfully, that place is preserved much as it was in the days of Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp. The "Wild West" is fading more every year, but the history is still being well preserved.

There are so many other awesome, inspiring places here... Sedona, Grand Canyon, Slot Canyons, on and on.

We moved here from Washington State two years ago when I retired from my photography business. It's been the most wonderful experience. We had spent two winters here in previous years in our motorhome and so-quickly grew to love the environment, the culture, the politics, the history, the "independent spirit" from the liberal Federal government, the architecture, and the weather. "It's good to be here!"

Now that we've lived here (North Scottsdale) on the edge of the Sonoran Desert for two years, we still wake up every morning, draw open the dark drapes, gaze out into the desert and pinch ourselves to be sure it's real. We're loving it. It feels like we're staying, full-time, at a "desert resort." View from the bedroom porch:



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Sounds awesome!

One of my favorite places to eat is El Charro in downtown Tucson.
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Sounds awesome!

One of my favorite places to eat is El Charro in downtown Tucson.
There's a dumpy, little Taco place near the University, in Tucson, called "The Taco Shop". I think it's on Broadway or Speedway... can't remember for sure.

It's open 24-7... and most of the customers are university students. The tacos are a little on the greasy side and SO DELICIOUS!!! I can't resist stopping there for some tacos, no matter when I last ate. As we always say when in Tucson and near The Taco Shop, "there's always room for a taco!"
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How about "Mi Nidito - The Finest Mexican Restaurant in Tucson, Arizona"????

The only restaurant I've been to that had it's own policeman monitoring the parking lot!!


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There's a dumpy, little Taco place near the University, in Tucson, called "The Taco Shop". I think it's on Broadway or Speedway... can't remember for sure.

It's open 24-7... and most of the customers are university students. The tacos are a little on the greasy side and SO DELICIOUS!!! I can't resist stopping there for some tacos, no matter when I last ate. As we always say when in Tucson and near The Taco Shop, "there's always room for a taco!"
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How about "Mi Nidito - The Finest Mexican Restaurant in Tucson, Arizona"????

The only restaurant I've been to that had it's own policeman monitoring the parking lot!!
Wow.. never heard of that, nor been there. Tucson is as safe a place as any; I wonder why they would have a parking lot policeman? Perhaps they had some car break-ins at one time?

Will have to check it out next time we're in Tucson. it's about 1 1/2 hour drive for us from home, so pretty quick little "get away".
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Can You Go to Canada with a DUI?

Going back to the original post notion of being aware of Canadian rules so you won't be surprised at the border - Be aware that a conviction (even a misdemeanor) for operating a motor vehicle under either alcohol or drug influence is grounds for entry denial. If not you, it could be your navigator who never drives the TV.

Unfortunately, getting into Canada with a DUI is not as simple as showing up at the border with a valid United States passport. If you have ever been arrested or convicted for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, regardless of whether it was a misdemeanor or felony offense, you may be criminally inadmissible to Canada and denied entry regardless of whether or not you have any intention to drive while in the country.

Like a shotgun approval, there is a process for getting clearance but it requires advance preparation. Many have gone across without declaring their past, not been caught, and then discovered via an accident that they are in for a really big hassle due their failure to abide by the law.

You need a Criminal Rehabilitation approval. To be eligible to apply for Criminal Rehabilitation, 5 years minimum must have passed since the completion of your sentence which includes payment of fines, driving courses, community service, probation, and any other conditions which may have been imposed on you. The sticking point for some folks is the belief that a 9 year old conviction is old enough to be outside the rule - it is not. And, if you have one don't expect to get the other.
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Some may wonder... "why travel with firearms?"

The answer is simple.

History teaches us that wherever you go, especially out on the open road, there will ALWAYS be some individuals who will unhesitatingly violate laws and prey on others around them, especially the seemingly defenseless. Many will effortlessly trade another's life for their selfish, short-term objectives. Happens every day, all around the world.

Law enforcement cannot be there by your side 24/7 to defend you. Therefore, if you don't wish to be an easy victim to violent criminals, it is encumbent upon you to be able to defend yourself.

Fortunately, the odds are that for most of us, having to defend ourselves in this way will never come about. But, will happen to a few of us. Many of us choose to take steps to be able to defend our families, and ourselves, against the possibility of encountering violent, selfish, lawless evil.
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Failing to Declare Firearms at a Canadian Border Crossing

DHart:
You talk about getting a permit for your shotgun to allow you to have it in Canada. That's all great, but what do you plan on doing with it once you have it here? If you plan on using it for "defense" you better be prepared to defend your actions in a court of law. As our laws could see you in more trouble than the person your defending yourself from . Our self defense laws in Canada are a lot different than yours are in the states. So you better educate yourself on these realities before you go off half cocked.
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Exactly what Arcticfox just posted.

And before you even get to that stage, the Border Services agent can ask you why you want to import a firearm. You need to convince him or her, without discussing the scenario described above.
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