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Ship Shotgun to Ontario

Sparty_76Sparty_76 Member Posts: 714 ✭✭
edited May 2017 in Ask the Experts
I have my grandfather's old double barrel shotgun. Not worth a whole lot but I want to give it my nephew, who is my grandfather's only great grandson. Trouble is he was born, raised, and lives in Canada. How can I ship him the gun? I hope it is not a big hassle. Thanks everyone!


  • Henry0ReillyHenry0Reilly Member Posts: 10,819 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    A brief search on the subject seems to indicate that your nephew would have to be licensed to possess a firearm.

    I'm sure someone will be along soon who is more knowledgeable.
    I used to recruit for the NRA until they sold us down the river (again!) in Heller v. DC. See my auctions (if any) under username henryreilly
  • charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 7,348 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    There are import/export folks that do just this. The good news it's a shotgun not a pistol.
  • rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,649 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Understanding it's a family heirloom. But it might cost you more than it's worth. Not only in shipping, but if your required to pay both the sending and receiving dealers, handling/licensing fees. Also jumping threw all the required paperwork, and red tape on both sides of the border.
  • TANK78ZTANK78Z Member Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    You want to give him his inheritance , that is very good, but how badly does he want it?

    If his and your feelings are of the same intensity , contact a licensed FFL importer/exporter and let them guide you , they know the ins and outs.

    Costs are what they are, for a family heirloom to be in the hands of a person that will cherish it and pass it down through the family in the future?. those costs will seem much smaller when doing what is right.
  • nononsensenononsense Member Posts: 10,935 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1

    You will need a specialist in import/export to make sure everything is legal and above board with gun hating Canadians. Here is one that I have use personally:

    Be aware that the costs associated with this endeavor can be quite high so this shotgun should be worth the effort.

    Best of Luck!
  • DaveFDaveF Member Posts: 75 ✭✭
    edited November -1

    This is NOT the Political forum or General Discusssion where comments like this are tolerated. You voted these politicians in just like some of our American counterparts voted in the anti-gun politicians down here. Obviously your 'millions' up there are just like our 'millions' down here.

  • asopasop Member Posts: 8,153 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    USPS in pieces
  • nononsensenononsense Member Posts: 10,935 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by asop
    USPS in pieces

    And if he gets caught, then what do you have to say?

    OOPS! Sorry? Not hardly.

    Why even suggest doing something that we all know is illegal and punishable with a big fine and jail time? There is a legal process in place that will ensure that the shotgun gets there legally and into the right hands legally. Follow the instructions regarding who to get in touch with then follow their instructions and pay the bill.

    Otherwise you can take several nice quality pictures and write a short explanation of who it belonged to along with a little history. Then mail these off to your relative in Canada.

    Best of Luck.
  • john carrjohn carr Member Posts: 1,717 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    You don't say if the "old shotgun" is old enough to be an antique or where the grandson lives in Canada. I recently sold a British Bull Dog (circa 1882) to a collector who lived in Niagara Falls, Canada. I sent it Priority Mail to the UPS in Niagara Falls N.Y. He picked it up there in Person and cleared it at customs in Niagara Falls, Canada.
  • DaveFDaveF Member Posts: 75 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    From the RCMP Firearms website, defining firearms which are classed as 'antique shotguns' in Canada:-

    manufactured before 1898 that can discharge only rim-fire cartridges, other than .22 Calibre Short, .22 Calibre Long or .22 Calibre Long Rifle cartridges;
    manufactured before 1898 that can discharge centre-fire cartridges, other than 10, 12, 16, 20, 28, or 410?gauge?cartridges;

    So, pre 1898 muzzle-load and rim-fire shotguns other than .22 are fine to ship without export/import paperwork, but not centre-fire gauges as listed.
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