View Full Version : bringing a firearm into Canada?

03-03-2015, 10:50 AM
I hope this is the right forum but if not please move. Was just wondering what the process would be to bring a rifle into Canada to do some hunting Or maybe get in some range time with family friends up north in BC? I plan on bringing a Mossberg lever action 30-30 and my Mossberg MVP in 223. Would I have to declare these in advance? Or am I good declaring them at the border and presenting them to customs? Aso would I need proof I'm going hunting before hand or would just stating that as a reason satisfy them? thanks!

03-03-2015, 11:14 AM
Bringing a Firearm into Canada (http://www.ezbordercrossing.com/the-inspection-experience/transporting-firearms/bringing-a-firearm-into-canada/)

Official Resources:

Bringing Weapons Into Canada (http://canada.usembassy.gov/traveling_to_canada/bringing-weapons-into-canada.html)
Firearm Users Visiting Canada (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/fs-fd/visit-visite-eng.htm)
Importing a Firearm or Weapon Into Canada (http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5044-eng.html)

03-03-2015, 12:53 PM
If you are going to do this regularly, it might be worth it to get a PAL and ATT. The short-term visitor license is $25 IIRC and for non-restricted firearms (most long guns - OAL 26" barrel 18", exceptions include the AR15) it is easy to apply for on entry. If your stated reason is hunting, have the documentation handy. If you are bring restricteds (pistols other than .25 and .32 with barrels over 4.25" and AR15s, etc) you will also need an authorization to transport which will likely require advance notice and application to the provincial firearms officer.

Do a little reading to familiarize yourself with firearms classification and rules here, even just so you know the acronyms, it does get a little complex sometimes.

03-03-2015, 02:26 PM
nah this is going to be an infrequent thing at best. I'm not even going to bother with bringing any restricted guns. I know its a complex process and I know the provinces don't allow hunters to bring handguns or hunt with AR15s anyways.

I live in California whuch has equally complex laws so I've been forced to become an unofficial expert on gun laws haha. Thanks for the response!

03-14-2015, 07:55 PM
Also be sure you're aware of all the hunting laws. They can be very complicated, and vary from area to area. You'll need a hunting license for the type of game you're hunting, need to make sure it's actually legal to both discharge a firearm, and hunt, on that land, and you may or may not need tags for what you're hunting, etc, etc...