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Visiting Canada

Postby 2008retiredplb » Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:50 pm



I am going to Sault Saint Marie in June and want to travel into Canada. The question I have is, I most likely will be carrying a handgun (in the trunk and locked) and want to know if there is someplace I can lock up my handgun or can I leave it at the border with the border guards or do you need to store it before going to the border?
I do know there can be a lot of trouble if you try to carry a handgun into Canada without declaring it. Would like some answers from someone that has first hand information or has done it.


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Re: Visiting Canada

Postby themainviking » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:56 am

To the best of my knowledge, the only people that the US Immigration and Border patrol will store a handgun for are Peace Officers or Diplomats. The Canadian side do not even want to see you or it, together. They will just turn you back. You need to find a storage facility before getting to the border crossing, or have in the past anyway. When I lived in the U.S., I was a diplomatic envoy, and so the USIBP used to hold my gun when I had to make a trip back to Canada. I will be going the other way at Sault Ste Marie in mid May. Going down to Bay City for a weekend with the Michigan V chapter of GWRRA. I hope your trip in June is most excellent.

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Re: Visiting Canada

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:05 am

Do NOT approach the border with a handgun in your trailer! Like mainviking said, they will store a handgun as a professional courtesy for LEO or diplomats...but if you are just an everyday Joe, and you cross the bridge into Canada, go up to the Canadian border guards and say "I have a handgun, can you store it for me", you will a) have your gun confiscated, b) spend some unpleasant time in a little room with some unpleasant people, and c) likely have a fine/charges laid against you. Try to sneak it across, and you'll have the gun AND your bike/trailer seized, and expect to spend the next few months as a guest of the state. Canada does NOT like handguns.

There is a way to temporarily import handguns into Canada, as long as they are not a .25 or .32, and have a barrel longer than 4 inches (anything shorter is prohibited). However, you must have a reason (i.e. registered for a target shooting competition) and the amount of paperwork is onerous.

The best suggestion I can give is to either pawn the gun on the US side and pick it up when you return, or take it to a gun shop on the US side and drop it off for a "cleaning." In either case, you'll have to dispose of the ammunition - you can't leave it with the gun, and for the most part, you can't take it with you into Canada (assuming you use hollow point center-fire handgun ammunition, which is prohibited in Canada).

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Re: Visiting Canada

Postby dingdong » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:37 am

A very interesting question. I have investigated this and there doesn't seem to be any facility that will store a firearm. Getting a hand gun into Canada won't happen. And from what I read, don't even think about sneaking it over or even declaring it. I did find this from the Smith & Wesson forum. http://smith-wessonforum.com/lounge/178 ... orage.html
With as many concealed carry permit holders that may want to go into Canada you would think there would be some sort of drop off facility at the border. I would like to know if you come up with a solution.
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Re: Visiting Canada

Postby 2008retiredplb » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:47 am

It looks like I was correct in my thinking that Canada is not gun frendly. I will now look at places I can store my gun while we take our trip into Canada. Might find out if the hotel we stay in has a safe or something where I can store it for that day. Another option may be to leave it in my trailer and lock the trailer up at the hotel. Since I have not been to Canada in recent years, I thought I would ask people that have knowledge about the subject and see if anyone had some suggestions on where I can safely store my gun.

I think you could get any information you needed on this board. It is a great way to find information about stuff. Also a lot of good people out there.
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Re: Visiting Canada

Postby Pam » Tue May 01, 2012 4:42 pm

Have you thought about checking with the local Law Enforcement Office just befor you get to the border to see if they will store it for you while you are ont of the Country. :?: :?:

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Re: Visiting Canada

Postby daggerd1 » Wed May 02, 2012 4:10 pm

Try the Goldbook for the area where you will cross.

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Re: Visiting Canada

Postby RoadRogue » Wed May 02, 2012 8:44 pm

Our side of the line feels the same about handguns as your side feels about Marajuana. They even tried to get us to register our Deer rifles and shotguns with some success. :roll:
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Re: Visiting Canada

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 03, 2012 8:55 am

RoadRogue wrote:Our side of the line feels the same about handguns as your side feels about Marajuana. They even tried to get us to register our Deer rifles and shotguns with some success. :roll:


Billions of dollars wasted and no crimes solved as a result all in the name of political correctness? I don't know that I would call that even "some" success. :) At least it's all been tossed in the trash now.




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