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US citizen buying a gun in Canada?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by emt1581, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Is it legal to buy one there and bring it back? Any special paperwork needed to show at the border?

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  2. 4Rules

    4Rules

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    To legally purchase and take possession of a firearm in Canada an individual would need to possess a valid (Canadian) Firearms Possession & Acquisition License (PAL). These are available to non-residents; there is a process to follow that requires formal testing (CFSC/CRFSC).

    If you do not possess a valid PAL, and wanted to buy and export the firearm, you could still make a purchase without taking possession and then arrange for a licensed Canadian firearms dealer to export it to a licensed (American) importer; there is a process to follow that requires an import permit from the United States government, and which may or may not require an export permit from the government of Canada.


    Firearm Users Visiting Canada
    http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/fs-fd/visit-visite-eng.htm

    Licensing
    http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/information/lic-per-eng.htm

    Firearm Safety-Training Requirements
    http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/fs-fd/safety-securite-eng.htm

    Policy / Legislation
    http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/pol-leg/index-eng.htm


    Controlled Products
    Firearms, Related Goods and Ammunition

    http://www.international.gc.ca/controls-controles/firearms_armes_a_feu/index.aspx?menu_id=16&view=d

    Import Firearms, Ammunition, and Implements of War

    http://www.atf.gov/firearms/how-to/import-firearms-ammo-implements-of-war.html


    Hurricane Butterfly Research Corporation
    http://hurricanebutterflyresearch.com/
     


  3. But I hear it is not necessary if you are in the ATF and have Obama/Holder's OK and want to transport a few truck loads there for the local gangs.

    Deaf
     
  4. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    ...you're thinking of Mexico and you have it reversed...you need to be a member of a cartel...

    -Emt1581
     
  5. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

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    On the move ... again!
  6. Badger54

    Badger54 CLM

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    Does ITAR come into play here?

    Sent from my ADR6400L using Tapatalk 2
     
  7. youngdocglock

    youngdocglock

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    There is no fence lol
     
  8. arclight610

    arclight610

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    Sounds expensive
     
  9. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Ban Democrats!!

    If it was easy I would have a truck load of Norincos sent to my house!


    If it is possible I'm sure it's expensive and a PITA!!!!!!


    TGG
     
  10. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    On another messageboard I frequent, we have a native Canadian that reloacted to the US. He said it was going to cost him several grand just to legally bring a few shotguns from Canada to the US. He was actually better off buying the same guns all over again in the US, other than the ones he had in Canada were family heirlooms.
     
  11. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Just buy the guns off the black market and swim them back across the Great Lakes. If Mexican illegals can swim the Rio Grande with drugs on their back, then I don't see why honest-to-goodness Americans can't swim the Great Lakes with guns on their backs.
     
  12. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    go to mexico, say your name is jose, ask obama for some full auto machine guns and thank holder when you get them.
     
  13. BMH

    BMH Lifetime Member

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    You won't be able to bring any firearm in the country unless it has been registered in the US. You have to fill out an ATF&E form 6 and mail it in. I hear it can take as long as 6 months to get approval.

    http://www.atf.gov/forms/download/atf-f-5330-3a.pdf
     
  14. Mercedesrover

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    I'm interested in this as my mother-in-law has her mother's old .22 that she wants to give to my son. It's in Canada now and I'll be looking into importing it at some time. I've been told it has to be shipped through an importer and get an "import stamp". Not sure if that's true or not but I'd be interested in hearing some first-hand knowledge. Not even sure what kind of rifle it is....I'll have to take a peek at it next time I'm up there.
     
  15. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    I guess the question that comes to my mind is, why would somebody buy a gun in Canada to bring here, instead of just buying it here. I recall a guy in my unit trying to get the paperwork through ATF and whoever to bring an antique bolt-action rifle back from Afghanistan - I believe he left with no rifle at the end of 2 tours. However, I think he had only spent 8-9 months actually trying to get the paperwork.
     
  16. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    Believe it or not, there are guns available in Canada that you can't get here.
     
  17. SigFTW

    SigFTW

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    I remember back in 1983 my uncle driving us across the country to Canada while carrying pistol.:whistling:

    Things were a lot simpler back then.:crying:
     
  18. MajorD

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    prior to 2009, it was easy to buy and send home antiques from Afghanistan- I bought and shipped back about 20 rifles during my 2008 tour. After that for some BS reason they greatly increased the difficulty factor- glad I got mine before that./
     
  19. What rifles did you bring back?
     
  20. Holder can do anything he wants... as long as his boss is in office and Janet Napolitano is busy with her, uh, friends she appointed.

    So Holder can do a F&F to Canada now that the MSM have some eyeballs looking south. Not enough deaths in Mexico to help Obama support his gun control so he needs to ship them to Canada.

    Deaf