Are there any Canadians with experience in buying a handgun or ammo in the U.S. for own use and personal ground import to Canada. Initial research I have done seems to indicate it is more difficult to buy from a U.S. FFL and take possession than it is to bring across the Canadian border. Planning a road trip to U.S. Thanks for any comments.
(R1) May nonimmigrant aliens legally in the United States purchase or possess firearms and ammunition while in the United States?
Nonimmigrant aliens generally are prohibited from possessing or receiving (purchasing) firearms and ammunition in the United States.
There are exceptions to this general prohibition. The exceptions are as follows:
1. nonimmigrant aliens who possess a valid (unexpired) hunting license or permit lawfully issued by a State in the United States;
2. nonimmigrant aliens entering the United States to participate in a competitive target shooting event or to display firearms at a sports or hunting trade show sponsored by a national, State, or local firearms trade organization devoted to the collection, competitive use or other sporting use of firearms;
3. certain diplomats, if the firearms are for official duties;
4. officials of foreign governments, if the firearms are for official duties, or distinguished foreign visitors so designated by the U.S. State Department;
5. foreign law enforcement officers of friendly foreign governments entering the United States on official law enforcement business; and
6. persons who have received a waiver from the prohibition from the U.S. Attorney General.
Significantly, even if a nonimmigrant alien falls within one of these exceptions, the nonimmigrant alien CANNOT purchase a firearm from a Federal firearms licensee (FFL) unless he or she (1) has an alien number or admission number from the Department of Homeland Security (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service) AND (2) can provide the FFL with documentation showing that he or she has resided in a State within the United States for 90 consecutive days immediately prior to the firearms transaction.
http://www.atf.gov/pub/fire-explo_pub/p5300_18.pdf It appears that on page 2 the FFL has to apply for an export permit while the buyer has to have a Canadian import permit. Seems like it is pretty difficult particularly for just ammunition purchase. Also have to have a real cooperative FFL.
I would be interested if any forum members have any experience on this subject. Thanks.
I can check with a friend of mine who's Canadian and see if he's ever brought guns home. Unfortunately, he's visiting his parents right now up in the tundra and won't be back until next week, so I won't know until then.