On the border...

On the border...

This is a discussion on On the border... within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I just returned from a visit to British Columbia, Canada, and I had a curious experience crossing into that country. The Canadian border crossing guard ...

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    On the border...

    I just returned from a visit to British Columbia, Canada, and I had a curious experience crossing into that country. The Canadian border crossing guard asked me whose car I was driving, and I replied it was mine. He then asked, "Do you have any guns?" I said I did at home, but I did not bring them with me, knowing I could not enter Canada with any kind of firearm. He then asked me what kind I had and he was looking at a screen, seemingly checking my answers. This leads me to suspect that (a) my CCW for Texas, which is linked to my driver's license, is shared beyond the state and even beyond the country, and (b) its possible my gun purchases are also known to the Canadian government. Has anyone had a similar experience?
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    I have recently. Did he ask for your DL and passport?
    and was anyone else in the car with you?
    Border guard ask me and everyone else in the car
    if we had any weapons.
    if we owned guns if so what kind
    he even asked me about my carry permit.
    I think this is all routine there now.

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    They asked me and 4 others in the car for
    our passports as well as everyone's ID.
    We passed into Canada at Niagara Falls.
    Dont think they can see what guns you own
    but sure they must see a permit holder through
    driver's license

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    It was just me and my wife, and we gave our passports, but not driver's licenses. I think he was able to cross-reference the info. He may have been fishing on asking what guns I owned, but I told him straight up. He asked twice to make sure I wasn't carrying any into Canada.
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    Oh. Guess it just depends on what the Border Officer
    likes to ask for. I was kind of surprised he had us all give him
    not only our passports but IDs as well. I posted my story about
    this on the site earlier. I was under the impression they are able to scan the barcode on the passport and cross check info and see if someone has a carry permit.
    Most on here seem to think they cant see or find out about a CCW by
    scanning a passport

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    Texas tags pretty much say I own a firearm,they can't tell what guns you own,they are asking a set of predertimend questions to see if you are giving honest answers or start becoming nervous or exhibit unusual body language like you may be hiding something
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    ever since June of this year I believe you have
    to have a passport to get into Canada. Think all
    these questions are just Canada's way of tightening
    their borders. Since Canada is not so gun friendly they
    think most problems are with guns so they ask a lot of
    gun questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Bowen View Post
    ever since June of this year I believe you have
    to have a passport to get into Canada. Think all
    these questions are just Canada's way of tightening
    their borders. Since Canada is not so gun friendly they
    think most problems are with guns so they ask a lot of
    gun questions.
    More importantly, you need a passport to get back into the States!

    I've seen in other forums that Canadian border guards are asking probing questions of US citizens regarding CCWs and guns owned. My knee-jerk response is that what I own and what civil privileges I hold in the United States are not the business of the Canadian government. I'll happily provide a passport to enter their country, and show a driver's license if I'm driving on their roads, but how many cars I own, how many guns I own, how much money I have in the bank, or the size of my wife's breasts are none of their business.

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    Agree with that gasmitty

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    Well what would be wrong with telling the guard that its really none of his business what kind or how many weapons you own.. I dont think I would have told him any of that...

    Its none of his business.....

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    Not trying to stealy your thread, but when we have to go through checkpoints over here, we have to stop for the Iraqi Army and Iraqi police. They have a piece of paper that we have to sign giving them how many troops we have and how many vehicles we have in our convoy. I usually put mickey mouse or superman and write 20 vehicles and 40 soldiers.

    Something along that line. Its none of you D** business...Same as the guard for entry into Canada

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    Canadian BG: Do you have any guns?
    US traveler: What do you need?

    If I ever get around to driving into Canada, I may just have to embellish my collection's bona fide's a bit just so I can see the poor BG wet his pants.
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    I recently went over the Canadian boarder here in Washington. I experienced no odd questions at all. I have a CPL here in Washington and the officer did not ask any questions in regards to that or if I own guns. I would say that as a Washington state resident you can enter and return from Canada with a Washington State Enhanced Drivers License without a passport. A US passport card will also work. If you are under 16 then you can still cross using a certified copy of your birth certificate and photo ID. Anyways, I have been over the boarder twice this year so far and both times no questions about owning guns or about my CPL. I do think they have standard questions and from my experience the shorter and simpler answers are best. For example when they say "Do you have any weapons with you?" Don't say "No but I got myself a whole bunch of firearms back home under my bed and in my closet". Just a thought

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    I'll happily provide a passport to enter their country, and show a driver's license if I'm driving on their roads, but how many cars I own, how many guns I own, how much money I have in the bank, or the size of my wife's breasts are none of their business.
    I agree.

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