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Old 07-05-2015, 09:20 AM   #99
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As a Canadian I get asked about firearms every time I visit the USA. I used to bring my shotgun so I could shoot skeet with my DW's father in OK. Never a hassle until 911 went down. Now everyone entering your fair land armed is a potential terrorist. I would need so much documentation that it is not worth the hassle. I can't even buy ammo or components for reloading in the States to take home. US laws prohibit it. I can buy the same stuff here albeit for a higher price. I accept that. It's the law. rule #1: Obeying the law is a great way to stay out of trouble. Rule #2: If it's a stupid law (we have them and so do you) remember rule #1.

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Old 07-05-2015, 09:32 AM   #100
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Originally Posted by PaulnGina View Post
Is this disdain for people from the USA prevalent in Canada??

I'm getting more and more enlightened about Canada as this thread goes on.

I'll say again that I think the USA and Canada are great countries.
That answer is no - at least no more than the many perceived regional "opinions" we have about and within our own country:
  • Toronto is the disdain of all of the rest of Canada.
  • If you live in rural Canada you've got a grudge on for urban Canada.
  • If you live in the west the east has too much political power.
  • If you live inside oil rich Alberta the rest of Canada is a charity case.
  • If you live outside of oil-rich Alberta then Alberta is just plain greedy.
  • If you live in the north the south exploits northern resources and leaves nothing in return.
The list goes on and on and on - it's a long one.

Travelers from our neighbour to the south are always welcome - if you check a population map of Canada you'll see that most of us live within a couple hours drive of the border - meaning cross-border interaction is not just thriving - it is a vital part of our economy and our lifestyle - if someone from the U.S. gets turned back at the border for a silly infraction then it is a big deal - for you and for us.


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Old 07-05-2015, 09:35 AM   #101
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Gun threads always get nasty after a while and while a lot of heat is generated, little changes in people's minds. Almost always these threads are closed and that will surely happen if this threads goes in that direction.

In Canada sometimes there are events that go bad, but it happens a lot less than in the US. Maybe Canadians are doing something right. The 2nd Amendment was reinterpreted several years ago, ignoring 200 years of precedent, and it may well be reinterpreted again in the future, again respecting those 200 years of precedents.

I didn't know that Airstream owners are considered to be gun owners. We are Airstream owners who don't have guns and feel no need for them. We feel safe when we travel. I would rather not be in a campground when someone decides to shoot at someone else—bullets travel easily through trailers and if you miss, you may hit someone relaxing in their trailer. In any event, you will have a lot of explaining to do anywhere and lawsuits may follow. People who feel threatened often make mistakes even if they have the best of intentions. A confrontation of any sort tends toward anger and fear and that is not the best time to make calm decisions when you have a weapon. Retreat is usually the safest thing to do no matter what a law may say you could do.

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Old 07-05-2015, 09:52 AM   #102
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Sorry it was not my intent to come across as anti American or anti gun. My point was to drive home that any guests to Canada have to live by our laws. If that is a problem then you have the option of not coming.
If that statement is anti American get over yourself.

Ehodg66 - your right, in part I misread your post. I totally agree that not all gun people are shoot first and think second types. Mind you both sides of the boarder has our share of people who might not be the sharpest knives in the drawer.

At the end of the day if you want bring a long gun with you when you enter Canada make sure you have your paperwork in order. If you want to carry that gun for self protection be aware you might end up in more trouble than the (person or animal) your protecting yourself against.

Hope this makes things a little clearer.....

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Old 07-05-2015, 10:08 AM   #103
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I'm a retired Police Officer and between 25 years of police service and my military service I've carried a handgun and or military assault rifle for over 40 years. I'm very comfortable with owning and carrying handguns. I feel more at personal risk at a roadside rest area in Pennsylvania ( no offense meant, only making a point) than anyplace in Canada. I have traveled many times into Canada for camping and have never felt a need or desire to carry a firearm so it's has never been an issue for me. Thinking ahead to an extended trip to Alaska might change my mind but only for chance encounters with large animals while camping in wilderness areas. Am I overthinking the risk here ??? Many of you have made the Alaska trek I'm sure but maybe someone could discuss the likelihood of coming face-face with a Griz or a Wolf ??? I too carry my old police extendable stick but it has never occurred to me that it might be a prohibited item in Canada. It never came up and I've never been inspected so it's never been looked for. I might need to re-think that one. Now, I hope never have a close encounter with a large predator to which I might wish I had my police baton handy.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:09 AM   #104
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Sorry, I can't read any more of this repetitious thread. Canada is a great country, well worth the visit! I can't wait to revisit. If anyone can't simply school themselves on gun laws, US states, Canada or Mexico, they should not have guns.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:27 AM   #105
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So you're traveling around US with your handgun and carry permit. You have a small gun safe welded into your camper. You want to answer Canadian officials honestly but wonder, "where do I store my handguns until I return to the states?"

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Old 07-05-2015, 10:43 AM   #106
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Many if not most AS owners in the fiftys, sixtys and seventys were veterans and God fearing Americans. Mostly conservative and self sufficient. Only in the last couple or three decades has this changed to a liberal ownership base. Non veterans and non church goers who are offended when there is a prayer before a meal at a WBCCI event, and are offended when the party gets too loud and are asked to tune it down out of respect for others. I have been to an AS park where the officers pretty much all carried, it's what they had always done. One would never know. There is as a prayer before eating and a service on Sunday. These are the AS owners who were charged with being gun owners, because they probably were. Just go by the law, whether it be Canadian or the state, pretty simple. Off topic even further, was told by a local politician about a meeting that took place of community leaders. This was called by a citizen opposed to the carry permit in Fl. Her argument was that only people of let's say lower classwould get permits and that was bad. One thing led to another and of the dozen or so community leaders at the meeting over half had carry permits and were armed at the time. She left without saying anything else. Sorry for the hijack, but if you don't live in the South, you have no idea who may be legally armed.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:53 AM   #107
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It's time for this thread to die. We're now into religion, and politics as well as firearms.

Give it a rest!
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Old 07-05-2015, 11:04 AM   #108
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Originally Posted by kfrere View Post
So you're traveling around US with your handgun and carry permit. You have a small gun safe welded into your camper. You want to answer Canadian officials honestly but wonder, "where do I store my handguns until I return to the states?"

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How about at a local gun shop on the U.S. side, who has anticipated this business opportunity and so provides such a service?
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Old 07-05-2015, 11:13 AM   #109
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It happens to be Canada and Canadians those of you who carry guns are talking about, but you may as well expand your frustration horizons some. There are definitely more people in the US who have strong negative feelings about those who carry firearms than there are in Canada. Since the population of Canada is approx. 1/9 that of the US, and even if every single one of them had strong anti gun feelings, it would be a drop in the bucket compared to the number of people in the US who share those same feelings. I believe some of you who are frustrated are having your perceptions of how the average American feels about the issue distorted, because of the part of the country in which you live. If the US were truly a democracy where each person of age had an equal vote, rather the so many significant issues being decided by states, itis highly possible the right to carry weapons would be in a lot more danger that it currently is.

A weapon being carried concealed is much more effective should trouble arise, than is one either carried openly or carried by someone who advertises that they carry it with car stickers, bravado and internet posts. My advice to those that carry weapons for whatever reason, is to do it quietly and inconspicuously and don't share knowledge of it with anyone other than those who need to know. If it is important for you to have most others know you are carrying, it is likely you are doing it for the wrong reasons.

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Failing to Declare Firearms at a Canadian Border Crossing

Time to end the name calling, innuendo, and postulating. This thread is out of ammo (Pun Intended) and is now closed.

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