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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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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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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 :smile:
 

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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. :hand10:

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BG wet his pants.
Hmmmmm. Wonder if it's coincidence that "BG" is the abbreviation forBad Guy and Border Guard? Of course it's also the abbreviation for "Bowling Green" (Ohio), my home town. Now, if I were a conspiracy theorist..................
 

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My border experience back a few years was this.

Entering Ontario, Canada via Blue Water Bridge from Michigan, USA.
Border Guard starts asking questions about me and then not-my-wife-but-soon-to-be.
Asked me "How many guns do I "own".
Reply, "Where do I start?" S&W 9mm, .357, .22, Rossi .38spl, Titan .25, oh and I forgot, the Universal Arms .30 Carbine and an old 7mm Mauser.......
He stops me in mid sentence and declares "Just what do you do with those firearms?"
I reply, "Were I'm from, we hunt, mostly."
The look on his face was sheer terror as he sarcastically asked me "Just what do you hunt with a 9mm?"

By this time, I'm just about annoyed with this Cannuck as humanly possible to be so I stuck out my hands in a wide gesture and proclaimed, "In West Virginia we have rats, I'm talking, HUGE rats!"
Again, a priceless look on his face and I told him, "Dude, all my firearms are at my home over 500 miles away (couldn't translate that into Kilometers, let him do that). I really don't need to enter Canada, just here for the day, and if you like, please tell me how to turn around and go back to the United States!

He rolled his eyes and told me to proceed on into his country and have a nice visit.
 

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You can get as smart as you want with the Canada or for that matter US boarder patrol agents but depending on how bad you want to get into Canada or back into the US its smart to just say yes mama or sir. They can and will send your car into the check area where they will have you turn your pockets inside out and proceed to take everything out of your rig. I have been lucky the 3 times I have crossed into Canada on Goose hunting trips to have only had to open the doors on my hunting trailer so they could poke there head inside.
 

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You can get as smart as you want with the Canada or for that matter US boarder patrol agents but depending on how bad you want to get into Canada or back into the US its smart to just say yes mama or sir. They can and will send your car into the check area where they will have you turn your pockets inside out and proceed to take everything out of your rig.
Yup, and even tear your car down to the bolts. And guess what, they'll say "sorry about that", and you'll have to put your car back together. If they want, those guys can really screw up your weekend. For the most part, these guys and gals have NO sense of humor. Letting discretion be the better part of valor is the operative attitude.

I've worked with the Border Patrol on both sides of the US/Canadian border, and they take great delight in telling stories of what they've done with some of the smart a$$'s who give them a hard time.
 
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