The Canada Border Services Agency has a message for Americans: please leave your handguns at home.
From the start of January to the end of July of this year, the CBSA has seen a 10% increase in the number of handguns they’ve seized compared to the same time last year at the Prairie Region in Southern Alberta. BC has seen a whopping 116% increase over the same period.
All of the guns belong to Americans crossing into Canada.
“Attempting to smuggle firearms across the border can result in immediate forfeiture, hefty fines, and even significant jail time,” says Kim Scoville, regional director for the prairie region of the CBSA. “The CBSA strives to make visitors’ border-crossing experience as smooth as possible, and you can help by remembering to leave your handguns at home.”
Americans who fail to declare firearms at the Canada-US border face seizure, criminal prosecution, and deportation from Canada.