What do you do with your gun if you're on a vacation and enter into Canada or Mexico?
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    What do you do with your gun if you're on a vacation and enter into Canada or Mexico?

    I haven't found myself in this situation yet, but I will in the future.

    You go on a vacation and bring your gun along and you end up wanting to cross over into either Canada or Mexico. Both countries have more strict gun laws than the US and few things are worse than a "border crossing gone bad....".

    Are there places where you could leave your gun in the US and pick it up on the way home? Your hotel maybe? Mail it to yourself? Does either country have laws that would allow you to keep it with you (like unloaded, locked in a case, etc)?

    If you have country specific information, please include it.

    By the way, my brother spent a couple nights in a very scary, very nasty Mexican jail about 2 decades ago because he crossed the boarder into TJ and forgot about the gun in the trunk. It cost him and his friend all their money and a very nice 30.06 to get out. Dumb on his part I realize.

    Thoughts?

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    if you plan on going into one of the counties you are taking about with a firearm I would not even think about it unless you want to spend time in a jail for a long time while they sort things out. The state department wont take it very lightly and when you cone back to the states they will most likely press charges against you and take away your gun rights. so I would not even think about taking one with you. just find a place to leave your firearm so you will not get into trouble

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    Not even something to consider.
    Unless you can find somewhere at the border to dispose of your firearm until you return.
    I would maybe check with a local police department - yeah, or gun store.
    Don't even think of taking ammo either. That alone can have serious consequences.

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    I went to Mexico this winter for some dental work, there was only a short walk across the border, so I parked on the USA side. As I was walking I was talking to a female walker and mention that I had to park because I had a weapon in the car.
    She told me that last year she forgot that she had a pistol in her purse and before she crossed the border, with her car, she stoped down the road and buried the pistol in the desert sand. Upon her return, she picked up her pistol. I thought this was a funny story. I know you do not even want to chance taking a gun across any border. If you can't walk I would guess you could stop at a sheriff's or police office. I was in a court house the other day and I notice that there were several lock boxes for storing guns. This may be something to check out.
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    Don't try to transport it into Canada. I live 75 miles south of the Canadian border and even LEO here have great difficulty getting into Canada with firearms.

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    Even having a few shotshells rolling around in the trunk of your car can get you in serious trouble with the Mexican police. Unless you happen to be a drug-kingpin who "owns" that particular Mexican cop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJFlash View Post
    Don't try to transport it into Canada. I live 75 miles south of the Canadian border and even LEO here have great difficulty getting into Canada with firearms.
    JJ is correct. Seeing the we have to go south from here to get into CND. This is one of those times when leaving home with out it is wise.
    Semper Fi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vyrone View Post
    I was in a court house the other day and I notice that there were several lock boxes for storing guns. This may be something to check out.
    That's actually a great idea. I wonder if they allow for overnight storage.....

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    Bank safe deposit boxes. If you have an account, you can usually rent a box. Some prohibit storing weapons, some don't.

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    I know that both countries seriously lack anything that looks like our second amendment and that being in possession of a firearm is a really bad deal. Please focus your answers on possible SOLUTIONS to this problem rather than re-stating that it's a problem.

    So far we have:
    -courthouse lockers
    -Hotel locker
    -Buried in the sand in the desert
    -Sometimes bus stations will have lockers as well
    -Perhaps Airports outside of secure areas.....
    -Mailing it to yourself or your next hotel

    What other possible solutions could we add to this list???

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