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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

    Oct 17, 2002
    Penn's Woods
    Is it legal to buy one there and bring it back? Any special paperwork needed to show at the border?


  2. 4Rules


    Mar 11, 2012
    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


    Firearm Safety-Training Requirements

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  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.

  4. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Penn's Woods're thinking of Mexico and you have it need to be a member of a cartel...

  5. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

    Mar 14, 2010
    On the move ... again!
    Can't just throw one over the fence? :dunno:
  6. Badger54

    Badger54 CLM

    Dec 16, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Does ITAR come into play here?

    Sent from my ADR6400L using Tapatalk 2
  7. youngdocglock


    Jun 28, 2012
    There is no fence lol
  8. arclight610


    Dec 2, 2009
    Sounds expensive
  9. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    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!!!!!!

  10. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    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

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    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?

    Jan 26, 2001
    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

    Feb 26, 2007
    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.
  14. Mercedesrover


    Jan 26, 2008
    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

    Jan 16, 2005
    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?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Believe it or not, there are guns available in Canada that you can't get here.
  17. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    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


    Aug 16, 2010
    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.