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Thinking of shooting in Canada?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Joe Potosky, May 6, 2013.

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    If your thinking of traveling north of the border to attend a few shoots....

    Yes, they do have PAT traps and voice release in Canada : )

    Passport required (driving or flying) or enhanced state drivers license ( driving only) required to re-enter the USA.

    * Many of the border states offer enhanced drivers licenses. Cheaper then a passport....

    A stop by USA customs to list your firearm on a Form 4457 is required. Can be done at any time, to include the day of your trip. If you happen to live near an airport that does international flights they can complete your form at any time. The form is good forever, unless it's no longer readable. The form allows you to re-turn with the firearm to the USA without hassle. They do need to see the firearm(s) when completing the form, just don't bring it in the building unless directed to do so.

    Canada allows long guns and ammo to be brought in for 60 days on permit, cost $25 (Canadian) for the permit (credit card accepted). Paperwork completed on the day of the crossing at the border. If you already have the form filled out (except signatures) it will speed you along. You can't put your spouses guns on the form : (

    In theory you can bring in a handgun, but it must be pre-approved by Canadian authorities well before you travel (good luck on that one). You can never just arrive at the border with a handgun without pre-approval. Leave them at home.....

    Links to forms and the process:

    http://www.losttarget.com/firearmcanada.html
     
  2. Baber

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    Shot the Canadian Olympic Trap shoot in Vanvouver last summer. Used Joes procedures and had zero problems getting the Perazzi back and forth.

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  3. hwy13

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    Hello Joe,

    One of the fellows at a club I stopped at was saying something about a " PAL "
    card ? I can't remember how he stated it ? Is this still in effect ?

    They were not allowed to rent shotguns there, he said he would let me shoot
    his " just to see if I might be interested in buying one like his someday "

    Very nice folks at this club , I was just a visitor passing through.
     
  4. Sky Buster

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    Does US Custom's charge Canadian's $25.00 to bring their
    long gun's into the US?
     
  5. Two Dogs

    Two Dogs Well-Known Member

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    Canadians have to apply to the BATF for a Form 6 every year. This has to be done in advance of their boarder crossing, it can take up to 12 weeks..
     
  6. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    RE: PAL

    Canadians require a Firearms license. Americans that cross more then a few times a year should consider obtaining this 5 year permit. I'm on my third renewal. In the summer I sometimes cross two times a week.

    No renting firearms. You can use some ones firearm if you are under there supervision, say on the same squad or what have you.
    You can obtain a license to borrow without direct supervision (say your going hunting and using a Canadians firearm), but the paperwork process must be completed before entering Canada.

    RE: Does US Custom's charge Canadian's $25.00

    No, but as stated, they have to have permit approval via ATF West Virginia headquarters before they can enter the USA. No same day approval at the border. The pre-approval process can take up to 12 weeks.
     
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