Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Crosby County, Texas
Concealed Handgun Permits & Entering Canada??
All the currently running posts inquiring about or discussing firearms in Canada have raised a question that I would like to ask.
I have a concealed handgun license (CHL) issued by my state of Texas. When I took the CHL training we were told to always show the CHL when asked to show a driver's license. Example, a police officer or state trooper stops me for a taillamp out or minor speed violation, show my TX DL and TX CHL whether carrying or not. We were told that police computers display the CHL when a records check is made by a police officer. I know that is true within the state of Texas, do not know if TX shares that information with other states, a national register, or even international register.
I know, of course, that I cannot carry a handgun into Canada at anytime under any circumstances. I would not consider doing that. I also know that Canadian customs officials are very serious about handguns. If I were planning a trip that would take me into Canada I would leave my handgun at home.
My question: If I should travel into Canada should I show my CHL at the border check point along with my passport, driver's license, registration, insurance card, etc?
Question 2: Do Canadian customs computers have the information that US police computers do ie do they know if they pull my personal information up in their computers that I have a CHL?
I don't want to attract negative attention by showing my CHL to a customs official but neither do I want to appear to be concealing it.