Americans Seeking a Canadian Firearms Licence
When you are in Canada you can do the courses and exams just like a
citizen and apply for a Canadian Possession and Acquisition Licence
(PAL). In the long run, visitors to Canada who bring firearms with them
on a regular basis will find it is considerably cheaper to get a
regular Possession and Acquisition Licence at a cost of $60 for five
years instead of a temporary visitor's licence which costs $25 each
See the RCMP
info page for visitors to Canada.
- Non-residents cannot bring prohibited firearms into Canada.
- Handgun magazines that hold more than ten cartridges are
prohibited in Canada.
- Non-residents (nor typical Canadians) cannot carry a concealed
weapon in Canada.
- They cannot bring restricted firearms into Canada for hunting
- If they import restricted firearms for an approved purpose, they
need an Authorization to Transport (ATT). A Customs officer will
need to see a paper copy of the ATT at the border. Non-residents
must apply for their ATT from the CFO in advance. They may be able
to apply for an ATT by phoning the CFO in advance, but a paper copy
of the ATT is required at the border. The ATT cannot be done at the
border. (In the United States call 1-800-731-4000; in other
countries call 1-506-624-5380). If you are going to shoot at a
handgun competition, the host club can facilitate this process for
- Visitors to Canada will not be able to buy ammunition without a
firearms licence or a confirmed declaration, or a temporary