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BTW - might be worthwhile to check current Canadian gun laws. Used to, you chould take long guns with very little hassle and handguns if you had a lockable container that could be sealed by Can customs.

We planned a driving trip to Alaska last year and I found the laws so screwed up, I just blew it off and would have shipped both long and handguns from CONUS to Alaska and back. If I remember correctly, no handguns at all. period. long guns required a complicated permitting. Who knows what the current reality is.

Couple of years ago, we were in Seattle with a rent car. Decided to drive into Canada one afternoon. Can border guy asked standard, "guns, drugs,..." and then he asked about pepper spray. We each had pepper spray pens. Guy says can't take them. Be confiscated and not returned.. "No, thanks" says I. Turned around and drove back into USA. US border guy a bit confused when he asked us how long we'd been out of the country and I replied "three minutes."

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I drove to Anchorage and back with an Iver Johnson single shot 410. As I recall then, the Canadians just put a wire seal/tag on the zippered soft case, but I was active duty Air Force and that was 30 years ago. I still have that little shotgun, my first gun.

One interesting note that I recall: When re-entering the U.S. at the Alaskan border, about a quarter mile before the Customs checkpoint, there was a large box on the side of the road labeled "Contraband Box". The sign said that you were about to enter the U.S. of A., and that you should place any contraban, i.e. drugs, etc in the box to avoid felony charges. I always wondered who the hell put anything in that box... I figured some hippies living back in the woods just hauled it out there when they saw a car coming or something. Looked VERY official though...
 
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