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Old 01-17-2011, 11:01 AM   #11
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I went across the border in Sept of 2001. needless to say the vehicle search was very extensive. The border guys completely dismantled everything I had packed, but were very professional and put everything back exactly as it was.
That being said, it's unlikely I will visit Canada again since DW and I both have a Concealed Handgun License and we both carry .45s when traveling. There's usually one in a hidden pocket in the truck and another readily accessible in the trailer. Am I paranoid? No, why should I be? Seriously, I would never consider going anywhere unarmed.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:59 PM   #12
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DW and I both carry. Colorado CCWs are recognized in all contiguous states now, and we actually avoided going into Canada last summer simply because I refused to travel unarmed thousands of miles in the U.S. to satisfy Canadian law for a few days. Not paranoid, just lived decades in D.C. and Maryland.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:37 AM   #13
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DW and I both carry. Colorado CCWs are recognized in all contiguous states now, and we actually avoided going into Canada last summer simply because I refused to travel unarmed thousands of miles in the U.S. to satisfy Canadian law for a few days. Not paranoid, just lived decades in D.C. and Maryland.
I hear ya! What a dilemma. That's the only thing that kept us from traveling north to Alaska a couple of years ago *pout*

Don just went for a walk today with oldest granddaughter. He called me to tell me they changed their route because they crossed paths with a coyote! First thing I asked is if he had his weapon (ok.... so I asked if they were ok first! *sheesh*). I think us Americans are just gonna have to accept that we will hafta live without our weapons if we want to approach or travel through territories north of the lower 48! (Anyone know the least expensive safe deposit box on the border, LOL)

Albertaguy... Sucks to relinquish your duty weapon and legally carry as retired.... sorry to hear that. Don has a permit to carry still in the US. Although we have traveled out of the US (usually flying/cruising) without his weapon, we just aren't used to camping/driving without it.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:17 PM   #14
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Thats the biggest difference between Canada and the US. You feel that you NEED to be armed. In some places, you probably do. You need to carry because everyone else is.

In Canada, it isn't an issue, because everyone can't (legally) carry a pistol. Trust me, you wont need it in Canada. Our murder rate is about one tenth of yours, per capita.

BTW I own rifles, shot guns, and pistols. In my 50 years I have never come close to needing one for protection.

It's too bad that you have to live in fear like that! Allways being armed. We certainly dont.

Would you really shoot a coyote? They are all over the place here and are harmless.
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It's too bad that you have to live in fear like that! Allways being armed. We certainly dont.

Would you really shoot a coyote? They are all over the place here and are harmless.
Glad you feel safe

LOL! uhhhh no, we don't coyote hunt here! There are quite a few hiking trails in the area and once in a while coyotes have attacked humans. We usually avoid going near them and vice versa for the most part.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:23 AM   #16
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In reality, in Canada, if you are not a young black male, the chances of you being shot are almost non-existant. (I'm not racist, thats just the way it is)

I went to the funeral of a Toronto Police Officer yesterday. He wasn't shot, he was killed by a stolen snow plow. Traggic all the same.
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Sorry Gibby, but I think the thread somehow diverted to 'traveling safety North of the US Border'.... Ummmm, There is no safety concern traveling through Canadian Territories (on our part anyhow). The issue was -how do we keep Don's weapon with us in Canada if we begin in the lower 48 and plan to return back to the US.

We received numerous informative replies from members here as a result to help us know what to do with it. Thanks for the input ya'alls
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Good to know you're not worried about coming up here. There is lots to see (that's why we just bought a 5th wheel. I haven't seen most of it yet).

Sorry, but there is no option to keep your pistol (legally). I wonder if you could just bring a shotgun? It's not a pistol! Say it's for bear protection!
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