Driving to Alaska? Here’s How to Transport Guns to Alaska

BY Herschel Smith
3 months, 3 weeks ago

The Alaskan and I were just discussing this a few days ago.  Here is a discussion about it.

Whether you’re planning a hunting trip, vacation, or moving to Alaska, if you’re driving, you’ll be going through Canada which means gun restrictions.

Traveling by plane with a gun is less complicated than trying to get through Canada with a gun, especially as a foreigner. If you’re able to fly or ferry to Alaska, that’s ideal, it’ll also take a lot less time.

However, if you need to drive…

Long guns can go through USPS. Package them up, go to USPS and send them to yourself in Alaska. Long guns must be unloaded prior to shipping through USPS.

Even though long guns can be sent through USPS no problem, handguns must be shipped through an FFL. If you have never used an FFL before, call around to gun shops and ask if they are an FFL or if they know someone who is. You can also do an internet search in your local area and the area you’re traveling to in Alaska. Handguns must be unloaded prior to shipping through FFL.

If you are dead set on trying to keep your guns and get them into Canada, there is a way, but there is red tape and plenty of regulations and restrictions.

First, check to see if your firearm is on the prohibited list. 

Second, look at the import regulations.

From the website:

Visitors to Canada

To import firearms into Canada you must have a valid purpose. Valid purposes can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • hunting during hunting season
  • use in competitions
  • repair
  • re-enactments
  • in transit movement, i.e., moving in the most direct route possible from point A to point B, through Canada
  • protection against wildlife in remote areas

Restricted firearms

Visitors who do not hold a valid Canadian firearms licence or registration certificate for their restricted firearm must:

Once confirmed by a border services officer, the form acts as the licence and as the temporary registration certificate for the firearms.

I visited the “prohibited list.”  It’s comprehensive, listing guns by name, everything from H&Ks to Rock River Arms to Colt to Anderson Arms, and everything in between.

No ARs.  No AKs.  No semi-automatic rifles.

Good Lord.

Take it all under advisement.


Comments

  1. On January 28, 2022 at 1:23 am, Just Don't Dig said:

    Too bad the globalists want to take away the guns for their depopulation you dig schemes, a global gun permit could be a money maker for them.
    It could be similar to states that recognize the permits of other states.
    A favorite travel route to the Western Lands goes through the glorious people’s republic of Illinois and even an unloaded magazine not inserted into the mag well with the gun slide action open and locked while in the factory case secured in the trunk still wouldn’t go over well in that CCP/CPUSA occupied territory.
    Going through North Dakota into Canada is the route to Alaska by vehicle and I wouldn’t trust the USPS with anything other than a Big Steal.

  2. On January 28, 2022 at 6:47 am, m. fuah said:

    only commie dicksuckers pass, support, or enforce gun “cuntrol”

  3. On January 28, 2022 at 7:13 am, Longbow said:

    Hndguns don’t “Have to be…” shipped by an FFL, to an FFL. A person can ship his own handgun to himself through UPS, or FedEx, or any common carrier. However, it may be the policy of UPS, or FedEx, to not allow such shipments, unless an FFL is involved. That is their policy, not the Law.

  4. On January 28, 2022 at 7:16 am, Longbow said:

    Clarification: All guns must be shipped to an FFL when a transfer of ownership is happening. Shipping your own property to yourself does NOT require an FFL transfer. Be sure that whoever receives the package for you doesn’t open it.

  5. On January 28, 2022 at 11:20 am, Panhandle Frank said:

    Canadians face 10 years in prison simply for possessing a pepper spray in public.

  6. On January 29, 2022 at 4:14 pm, Bradlley A Graham said:

    Unfortunately a large majority of your so-called fellow country men ( including a lot of my relatives ) would love to see that prohibited list enacted into law here in America.

    Plan accordingly.

  7. On January 30, 2022 at 2:07 am, Daniel K Day said:

    Longbow, UPS seems to be out of the question.
    Last year I packed up the action of a defective air gun for return to the distributor. At the UPS store, the clerk asked me what was in it. I didn’t want to say “air gun”, suspecting that the 2nd syllable would be the only syllable she ever heard. “Machine parts”. “What kind of machine parts?”. I hesitated. “Pneumatic equipment” occurred to me later, too late, but she seemed to read my hesitation as not wanting to launch into a long explanation of what the machine component does. She laughed and said, “Well, as long as it isn’t a gun, it’s OK!”
    Oh, it’s not a gun! And away it went. Good thing I didn’t try to ship it in the original box I bought it in.
    Miraculously, no one was injured or killed in the process of transporting my contraband pneumatic equipment, and the distributor sent me another.

  8. On January 30, 2022 at 8:51 am, Fred said:

    UPS ships firearms only from specific locations. Walking into a random UPS store is a bad idea. Only drop off at Ops Facilities.

    From UPS:
    “Firearms (including handguns) may be shipped only through a UPS Scheduled Pickup Account using various UPS pickup services, or through a UPS Customer Center (counters at UPS operational facilities).

    Note: Firearms (including handguns) are not accepted for shipment via UPS Drop Boxes or UPS On-Call Pickup®, and may not be tendered to or dropped off at locations of The UPS Store®, any third party retailer, or any UPS Access Point™ location.”

  9. On January 30, 2022 at 4:01 pm, Daniel K Day said:

    Thanks for the correction, Fred.

  10. On January 31, 2022 at 12:01 pm, Longbow said:

    Fred, you are correct, Sir. A UPS retail location will not usually receive a gun for shipment. The UPS hub location usually will.

  11. On January 31, 2022 at 1:34 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    I’ve shipped guns by UPS before. You have to take it to a main hub and declare it. Retail locations won’t take it.

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