We went to Niagara Falls, Ontario yesterday (Canadian side) to a gathering of HVAC forum professionals. You know? one of those things where you have been talking to people on the internet for years and we finally decided to meet face to face. It was a great time. But getting there was 'different'
We have been to the Canadian boarder MANY times at many different points, on Motorcycle, Car and by boat and we have NEVER had an issue.
So this time we get to the booth and we get the usual questions:
Whats your purpose of coming to Canada today?
Do you have any Tobacco?
Do you have any Alcohol
Do you have any firearms
Are you carrying any narcotics
--------------------------------- all of these questions are expected, the next few minutes got kind of interesting? The boarder guard goes fishing
BG (Boarder Guard):How many hand guns do you have on you today?
me: uuum none?
BG: How many firearms do you own?
ME: I own several Long guns and several hand guns
BG: which ones do you have today
Me: I all ready told you, none
BG: Which firearms do you own?
Me: Which ones are you interested in, Hand guns or long guns
annoyed BG: which firearms do you own
ME (time to mess with the moron) Lets see, there is the Winchester, Mossberg,Marlin, S&W, Glock,Para-Ordnance,Rugar....ooh I'm sorry, did you want the calibers to??
BG: Do you carry a hand gun on a daily basis
ME: yes, when in NYS, I have a permit to carry a concealed hand gun
BG: Which hand gun do you have today
Me(now I'm annoyed): Look pal, asked and answered. As a LAW ABIDING (said rather loudly)American citizen I have a 2A right to carry a hand gun IN MY COUNTRY(loud again),The state of NY has given me a permit to carry IN MY STATE (loud). I really like Canada and the hospitality of your citizens, but it's AGAINST CANADIAN LAW(loud again) for a foreigner to bring a firearm to Canada and I would rather NOT spend the next 5 years of my life as a guest of your penal system. ok
BG: Stairs at me rather intently and I stair right back at him He finally says, Thank you, Have a nice day
I though for sure he was going to have me pull over for one of there searches but I think my forceful response to his queries may have proved to him I was following the rules.
Then of course 'da boss' read me the riot act: Are you nuts, your messing with the boarder guards, we could have been here for the rest of the night, you idiot.
On the way back we pull up to the American Boarder Guard (ABG) booth. The guy says
ABG: How are you tonight
ME as I hand him our passports: Great hows it going, looks like things have slowed down a little (the place was empty, only about 5 cars coming back to America)
ABG: Ya we were swamped earlier, what was your purpose of going to Canada
Me: a Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning convention.
ABG: Do you have more than $10,000 in cash
ME I don't have that much in a bank account
ABG smiling: Thank you, Have a nice evening, drive safe
ME: Thanks, Have a nice boring evening
ABG, starts laughing: thanx
and we were on our way
sheesh, when was the last time the Canadian Boarder guards gave anyone a hard time??