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What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby cal3san » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:54 am



Don't know why I hadn't posted this question before, but what does one do with their pistol when they leave the U.S. and enter Canada. This is a trick question in that I'm entering Canada from the West Coast and reentering the U.S. north of Calgary. Would like to have it in my possession on the return ride home from Wing Ding 38.

I've looked at a couple options and they are:

a. Negotiate with Licensed Firearms Dealers in Blaine/Seattle and Great Falls, MT to ship and receive/hold my 9MM until I arrive about a month after shipment. That would mean holding it from about 1 August to around 29 August.

b. Work a deal with one of my GW Chapter riders who is not leaving for Wing DIng until a week before it starts. I'd ship it from Blaine/Seattle to his home via UPS and he could take it with him and I'd retrieve it in Billings.

I'm leaning towards Option B. Anyone got any better ideas?

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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby cardinal » Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:21 pm

Last time I shipped a gun anywhere, it HAD to be shipped from a licensed gun dealer TO a licensed gun dealer. Some one else can pick it up, but they have to pick it up at the dealer. I was shipping a shot gun from Utah to California.
That was nearly 30 years ago, but I doubt things have gotten any better.

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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby harvey01 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:04 pm

If you have a friend, who is licensed for concealed carry, and is willing to carry the weapon, that would probably be your best option and Cheapest!

Option A involves a lot of folks, state and federal rules and you don't want to put a dealer in a bind trying to help. Plus shipping costs and handling fees.

Or you could just leave it at home. After all if you can get from Blaine, WA to Billings, MT what is do dangerous on the rest of your trip? Don't get me wrong, I have carried a weapon for 30+ years because it was part of my job and I feel naked without it. But I have also travelled many years and a million miles+ on motorcycle tours and survived without a weapon and without the need.
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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby themainviking » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:36 am

I am just curious about how you intend to re enter the U.S. NORTH of Calgary, unless you are headed for Alaska. As far as your options... I would go with B, if you have a willing friend.
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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby OldZX11Rider » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:17 pm

Years ago, taking long guns in and out of Canada was not really a big deal. Canada was used to Americans coming in to hunt big game. But a pistol was a whole different thing. You could get it in okay, but you might not get it out.
Admittedly this is old information and I'm sure things have changed. I'd bet it hasn't got better.
Go with friends or someone you trust and keep government agencies out of it.
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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby cal3san » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:32 am

Thanks for all the information; most of which I already had.

And, I'm reentering the US from Calgary. Don't know where the "north" came from.
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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby OldZX11Rider » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:50 am

Just read tfdeputydawg's link on the subject. Very informative and a whole lot more recent. :D
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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby mgscott4 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:33 pm

Pawn it, then pick it up when you come back through.

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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:24 am

You can NOT NOT NOT take a pistol into Canada. It will be taken from you and you'll be taken in handcuffs. It is illegal to bring a pistol into Canada. Don't try it.

You can ship a pistol (UPS, NOT USPS) directly to a resident in your state.

You can ship a pistol (again UPS, NOT USPS) to another state, but the recipient has to be a FFL holder - i.e. gun shop.

You do not have to be a FFL holder to ship it.

You can ship directly to a manufacturer (i.e. for repair) and they can ship directly back to you, in state or out of state.

There are companies that "store" firearms for a considerable fee.

A good recommendation: Find a trustworthy gun shop near the border, and before you cross, take your firearm there to get it cleaned.

When you return, pick up your cleaned gun. You get a nice clean gun, and at a fraction of the cost of one of the ripoff storage places.

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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby Solina Dave » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:49 am

harvey01 wrote:Or you could just leave it at home. After all if you can get from Blaine, WA to Billings, MT what is do dangerous on the rest of your trip? Don't get me wrong, I have carried a weapon for 30+ years because it was part of my job and I feel naked without it. But I have also travelled many years and a million miles+ on motorcycle tours and survived without a weapon and without the need.


I live in Canada, so what do I know? But I think that I'd have to agree with Harvey on this one. Leave it at home.

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Re: What to do with side arm when entering Canada

Postby themainviking » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:13 pm

cal3san wrote:Thanks for all the information; most of which I already had.

And, I'm reentering the US from Calgary. Don't know where the "north" came from.


From your first post...

cal3san wrote:I'm entering Canada from the West Coast and reentering the U.S. north of Calgary.


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