I'm pretty sure Canada has very strict border policies when it comes to firearms. You can find out more here:
A Practical Guide to Canada's Gun Laws for Americans
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Anyone no if u can cross the border with a pistol if u have a personal protection permit?
I am a Detroit Michigan attorney. I can see Canada from my office windows. One or twice a year I have the misfortune of referring a firearm violation case to a Canadian attorney where an American tries to carry a US legal pistol into Canada. The results aren't pretty. Normally, they are detained without bond and are looking at a mandatory two year prison sentence.
Long guns can be carried into Canada if you fill out all the correct paperwork. Pistols cannot be carried in with very rare exceptions (e.g. US law enforcement working with Canadian law enforcement, immigration officials in hot pursuit, US Secret Service security details, US Coast Guard Ships docked in Canadian ports, etc.). If you are entering and leaving Canada through the same port of entry, there are several nearby places to legally store your firearm.
Don't think about not declaring it, we share a ton of data with the Canadians. They can now see everything that a US cop can see. I can't prove it, but I suspect that they are seeing using CPLs on your data profile. Even my brother who is a Michigan Sheriff is routinely grilled about the guns. When I went for my Nexus interview (fast track border crossing) the guy said to me: "you know your CPL isn't good in Canada." I had never mentioned one.
See, it's mumbo jumbo like that and skinny little lizards like you thinking they the last dragon that gives Kung Fu a bad name.
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NO handguns in Ontario, can't even cross with a fuzz-buster (radar detector) in your car or truck. Rifles & shotguns allowed with a limited amount of ammo.
Is there any place you can store the handgun prior to entering Canada, and pick it up when you return?
I thought I heard somewhere that Canada has relaxed some of their gun laws because they finally came to the conclusion that the anti gun laws weren't working. Not much detail but I think the relaxation had to do with mandatory registration of firearms.
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We travel to Canada on a regular basis and have to make sure we don't have firearms or ammo in the car.
Unless you are going hunting or to a formal competition, it's almost impossible to take firearms into the country.
There is a permit process you have to follow. As for pistols, I believe it is illegal to take anything smaller than a .38 as they believe smaller caliber pistols can be too small and easily concealed....so they are simply forbidden.
Also, as stated above, don't leave ammo in your vehicle. It's my understanding that a loaded magazine or box of ammo will get you in a sufficient amount of trouble to ruin your vacation without proper permits.
Bottom line....leave your guns and ammo home if going to Canada.....unless you want to stay a couple of days at the "Tin Cup Hotel".