timdsmith72 wrote:Quite a few years ago...... At the border, I declared that I had a handgun and they had me fill out a form or two then they locked it up in a safe or somethingorother. Then when we crossed back over into the U.S.A. we made sure to cross at the same place. Showed proper ID, (driver's license) and signed for the pistol and were on our way. I guess that could still be an option if you're planning on crossing in the same place both times. Unless the laws have changed, of course.
I am hoping to resurrect this thread because it was last active some years back, and because I am wondering if anyone on this forum has actually gone through this procedure of declaring and leaving their gun at the border and picking it up upon their return, as the poster above describes.
This procedure is still widely referenced; e.g., in this 2017 news clip, which states "...many don’t realize they can legally declare firearms and leave them behind as they enter the country."
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/201 ... uency.html
Does it work in practice as well as in theory? Any lessons learned? Does it draw undue attention to the person making the declaration, for instance? Trigger extra searches or scrutiny or whatever?
There are important logistical questions for which I don't currently have answers. For instance, many border crossings have what I call "double chutes" - entirely separated lanes for entry into Canada and exit from Canada. So what happens is that the owner would leave a gun in a different physical location than (s)he would be driving through in order to get home. At some point, the owner would need to stop at the drop-off location, re-acquire their gun, and proceed from there to the U.S. port of entry. At the border crossing with which I am most familiar (Houlton ME), this would obligate a short transit (about 1,000 feet) across Canadian soil with a handgun in possession which, on its face, would be a violation of Canadian law (unless there is a superseding provision that I don't know about). Other crossings have even more widely separated and intentionally-isolated border control facilities, so that pick-up would be even more challenging. Hence, my question - does anyone actually do this kind of thing in practice, and if so, how does the procedure actually take place, step by step?