Originally Posted by Pelagic
Paul, you will find in remote places where grizzles are numerous, that gun laws are locally relaxed so that humans can have protection when going into the bush.
Believing that could get you into a pile of trouble. I can assure you that law enforcement people up here do not relax gun laws anywhere anytime for any reason (unless it's for one of their own, as everywhere else they have their own rules for dealing with their brother officers). They particularly don't relax gun laws for self defence, you can't get a handgun permit
for self defence unless you are a judge or other court official, special rules again. Even the cops are required to leave their service
handguns secured at work unless they have special permission to do otherwise and that's rarely given. If you want a self defence weapon for bears they will tell you to get a rifle.
Do not try to bring handguns or other weapons into this country, you will be treated like the lowest criminal on the planet. We have two classes
of tightly controlled weapons, restricted and prohibited. Restricted includes handguns for which citizens can, with great difficulty, get a possession permit
which allows you to keep it in your house, but a permit to carry outside your house is unlikely except for members of bona fide gun clubs for target practice only. Prohibited weapons include full functional automatics of any kind, flick knives, martial arts stuff like throwing stars, nunchucks, etc., there's barrel length restrictions on long guns
, plus more and they are totally prohibited you can't get a permit to even possess.
Even long guns
are controlled weapons, citizens in Canada
have to register long guns though this is in flux at the moment with the current government
. You also need a federal Firearms licence to either acquire (PAL) or possess (POL) firearms of any kind. Be prepared to declare long guns when you enter and don't even think about bypassing doing that, the grief is just not worth it. It is a huge hassle now to own guns in Canada
, I only do the paperwork because I've always had guns and intend to keep them. Many folks have just given them up. Too bad.
I worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources in this province for 7 years, I never saw or heard of a Conservation Officer cutting anybody any slack based on whether they were a local or not. Law enforcement up here just doesn't operate like that anymore, if you're breaking a law, they'll charge you, end of story.