Guns and Regulations
We welcome the use of rifles, muzzleloaders, and bows and crossbows. The Canadian federal government has passed legislation requiring persons not resident in Canada to acquire a permit to bring their firearms into Canada. At the time of writing, the permit costs $50 (CDN). You can put up to 3 firearms on one permit, and the permit is good for 60 days, with unlimited free renewals up to 1 year.
You can fill the corresponding form out at the border. However, you can save time by filling the form out in advance. You can download the form (in Adobe Acrobat format) and print it out by visiting the Canadian Firearm Centre website at http://www.cfc-ccaf.gc.ca.
Once you enter the site, click on “Visitors to Canada.” Choose the “Non-Resident Firearm Declaration” form.
These are laws of the Government of Canada and they are subject to change at their discretion.
Although we strive to keep our website up to date, it is important to visit the Canadian Firearm Centre website to obtain the most up-to-date information.
At the time of writing, bows and crossbows are exempt from the above provisions and you do not need to purchase a permit for them. Crossbows measuring less than 15.75 inches are not allowed in Canada.
If you need to, you can reach Canada Customs at (204) 983-3500.
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Last updated January 14, 2004 by Becquet's Custom Programming