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Old 05-09-2019, 10:31 AM   #21
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Never had a problem going in out out.Lucky I guess.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:17 PM   #22
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Leave potatoes home unless they are frozen.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:50 PM   #23
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the potato thing changed back in 2010.
here is a google website: https://www.tripsavvy.com/what-you-c...canada-3371025
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:13 PM   #24
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The rule changed, but not all Canadian Border agents know that. The bins at International Falls have had a lot of fisherman's potatos.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:29 PM   #25
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Just a few thoughts about the folks at the borders. The Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection format of 2003 has been shared with many of the British Commonwealth and other countries around the world. This program trains officers primarily in Immigration Laws and then Customs/Duty Laws making Inspectors/Officers Masters of None. At the US side, officers establish citizenship requirements first, followed by either agriculture questions or then custom's questions. The agriculture part depends on locality and Northern border charts provided as a guideline for referrals. Agriculture Officers are specialist and work mostly in the secondary areas for referrals. The last aspect is the officer's experience or maturity level, which may explain the need for many questions. Most officers are listening for that one little discrepancy to continue the inspection or just pass you on through. In BC Canada, they have employed summer college students or reservist and they can be pretty intense. Officer achievements are often reflected by successful results in the national database. The stories, deception and attitudes for day at the border can make for a good TV series, eh!
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Old 06-20-2019, 07:32 AM   #26
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We lived in Alaska for several years when first married and traveled back and forth to the lower 48 and back with nearly no problems. Be honest and open and I believe you will have no issues. It's the I'm a "US citizen" and have rights attitude that gets people searched. I've seen people get a major search that took all day due to attitude. I've never taken a 5th wheel through but guess the same applies. I do however plan to go to Alaska in a couple summers when I retire.
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:12 AM   #27
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I called the border crossing agent at Coutts, Alberta a few years back and asked if they had a locker or safe to store my hand gun. They said some border crossings have that service but not there.The agent did give the number of an individual that would store my hand gun in Sweetgrass, Montana. Sweetgrass is the U.S. border crossing there. So I did that. We we're questioned additionally after being instructed to go into another area, and after that we were instructed to pull our truck and 5th wheel into a building for a search. I was immediately asked if I had any guns, (we we're from Colorado at the time, lol on Texas residents) so after being questioned in detail about my handgun and where it was and a 45 min search of the truck and trailer we were on our way. Just for a laugh, there was a Canadian UPS driver there were I was leaving my gun in Sweetgrass, he rolled up his shirt sleeve and pointed at his arm and said " This is my right to bear arms in Canada" lol.
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:14 AM   #28
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I assume you are both retired LEO

HR-218 Enrollment. HR-218 is the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004. It exempts active and retired law enforcement officers with firearm certification credentials from local laws (with some exceptions) prohibiting concealed firearms
HR-218 does not apply in Canada. Go to the RCMP website.

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Old 07-10-2019, 04:17 PM   #29
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We went to Alaska 2 summers ago. No problems at the border. Was asked several times if we had firearms or ammo in the Montana. he then asked if I had a concealed carry permit. I said yes, I think he already knew, and then more questions about firearms. no inspection Just asked how long I would be in "his" country. 3 months later we returned to the US with no problems. A week or so later while unpacking in MN I discovered we had 2. 2# coffee cans full of .45 cal ammo in a closet the whole time. Good thing they did not inspect.
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