I looked into it, and it is do-able but seems to be a bit of a pita. From my recollection you have to obtain and fill out some Homeland Security form, listing/detailing the specific firearms (and possibly ammo too?) you want to bring into the US ans the specific reason, along with proof of the reason (hunting tag, or invitation/registration to a gun course or competition)....then submit it for approval. Once you have that approval you have to take it with you as you cross the border.It's been a while since I've done it, but I frequently traveled to Canada to hunt and am familiar with the process for bringing firearms into Canada. But what's the reverse process? Meaning: Canadians bringing their FA into the US and then back again?
Any Canadians that have done it? I'm curious as to what hoops we force you to jump through.
I was inquiring as we took a trip far North this past summer and as I was bringing my shotgun I wanted to see the possibilities of taking it into Alaska. We decided in the end to only visit Hyder (where their is no US border control), I could not get a concrete answer on the phone from US customs as hot to deal with wanting to cross that border. I called Canadian customs and all they cared about was if I was legally allowed to possess and carry the firearm I was returning back into Canada with. I then called the local RCMP detachment in Stewart, BC (beside Hyder on the Canadian side) and the officer was more interested in our trip and telling us the best places to visit 9he was a very decent person to talk to). I asked if we could leave our firearms at the RCMP detachment while we crossed into Alaska to go look at the Salmon Glacier (which is, ironically, back in BC further up the road) and he laughed and said if everyone who was traveling over the border at Hyder had to leave their firearms at the detachment they would be inundated with guns. He said not to worry about, just make sure I was transporting legal, and to just head across the border and make sure I declared it coming back into Canada.
Let's just say (hypothetically speaking here) that if someone was to have followed his advice, and crossed the border into Alaska at Hyder and went to view the Salmon Glacier, that on their return the Canadian customs may have simply enquired if they had a firearm, asked to look at their license, asked if it was beign transported legally (did not actually look or check the firearm or ammo) and (hypothetically speaking still here) let the folks go on their way....after chatting about the best places to visit in Northern BC and the Yukon.
It was a rare experience (hypothetically speaking again) to see a little common sense prevail when it comes to anything to do with firearms and any sort of government regulation or control.