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Is it legal to transport an air rifle over the USA/Canada border? Answered

I have a .22 Gamo Shadow Express break-barrel air rifle with a 3-12x50 scope and i would like know if it is legal to transport it across the USA Canada border.

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ve2vfd
ve2vfd

Best Answer 12 years ago

If the air rifle has a muzzle velocity of more than 500 fps, it is considered a firearm in Canada and you will need a firearms acquisition license, and go thru the firearms importation procedures (which are a pain).

On the other hand, if it's less than 500fps, it's not considered a firearm and you can simply declare it as a purchase while going across the border.

Have a look at: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5044-eng.html for more details.

Of particular interest:

Other barreled weapons, such as pellet guns, may be considered as non-restricted or restricted firearms if they meet the legal definition of a firearm and have a muzzle velocity of more than 152.4 metres (500 ft.) per second. Owners of such firearms have to meet all import, licence, registration and authorization requirements for non-restricted or restricted firearms.

If the muzzle velocity of a weapon is 152.4 metres (500 ft.) per second or less, the weapon may still, technically, be a firearm. However, owners of such weapons do not need a firearms licence, the weapons do not have to be registered, and owners do not need an authorization to transport such a weapon for importation purposes.

Pat

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masterofsniping92
masterofsniping92

Answer 12 years ago

Thanks for the information, however unfortunate it may be. I'll check the link for a more in-depth description. You have the best answer.

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intrepixx
intrepixx

Reply 7 months ago

All parts may not arrived, some may get lost in the mail. Either way, each gun has a receiver and that is the part that is most likely to be confiscated as building guns is similar to buying parts, some are allowed, some are not.

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Josehf Murchison
Josehf Murchison

8 years ago

This is another sight the RCMP Canadian Firearms Center.
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/index-eng.htm

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omebutt
omebutt

Answer 8 years ago

I want buy a crosman air rifle.
Can u send me in Pakistan?
(Omebuttoo8@yahoo.com)

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intrepixx
intrepixx

Reply 7 months ago

You would be well advised to avoid going to Pakistan but regardless of what you choose to do, I would not have any guns sent to Pakistan as you will likely lose whatever is sent and you will have paid for nothing. Go to Pakistan, see what you can buy after you get there as they may save you all the risks and lost money on buying it and having it sent.

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FlyboyB1
FlyboyB1

3 years ago

OK so we seem to have determined that a normal pellet or BB gun can be brought from the US into Canada but what about the other way around? I want to drive into and through the US with my Crosman pump. Can I? I understand I should be cautious in some states.

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intrepixx
intrepixx

Reply 7 months ago

I would not advise it. Reason, you may lose it on your return to Canada and this isn't something you would want to do. Seriously, the Canadian Border Security has been provided with new and extended powers which allows them to do much of whatever they like, even if it means holding you at the border for 12 hours with some threats of being prosecuted for whatever reasons they want to concoct. If you avoid the risks, you avoid them and I would strongly recommend avoiding them even if its a replica or a cap gun that fires nothing.

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intrepixx
intrepixx

7 months ago

I would strongly advise any Canadian with or without a Firearms Acquisition Certificate, with or without Purchase Acquisition License to AVOID buying any gun in the United States as Canada Customs has been provided new powers which pretty much allows them to do whatever they want which includes putting anyone through the grinder for whatever reasons or excuses they want to levy. For those who want to buy a legal gun which fires a BB or Pellet with less than 500 feet per second velocity, I would strongly advise you to do your research, find the Make & Model with 495 ft / second that you want. Get a Canadian retailer to order it for you even if you have to prepay or provide a deposit. Any gun you order from an American retailer may be stopped at the border, the retailer may not accept returns and guess who loses ?

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Johnny675
Johnny675

2 years ago

I came thru us border port of entry san sydro in san diego and got my airsoft seized because they look like real firearms i told them that i would like to declare them and they detained me for two hrs and wouldnt let me declare instead i was pressured to sign an abondament form if not i was going to be detained for nine hrs and penalized is this right?