Canada Border Services Agency’s Budget Cut as Gun Seizures Rise

Gun seizures on the Canadian side of the US-Canada border are on the rise, just as the Canadian government has cut the budget and staff for the Canada Border Services Agency. 

In recent years the statistics for gun seizures by the Canada Border Services Agency say that gun seizures at the border have been on the decline – until a sudden spike last year.

For example, the numbers of guns seized have been on the decline since 2007, when 584 firearms were seized at the US-Canada border. In 2011, there were 441 seized and in 2010 there were 408 seized. This year, in the first six months alone, 247 guns were seized.

The British Columbia border crossing points also had the largest number of firearms seized, whereas it is normally Ontario that firearms come in. Quebec and the Atlantic provinces’ border crossing are typically very quiet, with only five guns confiscated at Quebec border crossings last year.

At least 250 Canada Border Services Agency employees have been cut, along with their budget. But gun seizures are going up.
Recently, a Canada Border Services Agency officer was shot in the neck by a man coming into British Columbia from the United States – he then shot and killed himself. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.

People who have firearms confiscated at the US-Canada border are not necessarily attempting to bring guns into Canada with ill intent. In other words, they’re not trying to smuggle guns into the country. They might just be unaware that Canada has extremely strict gun laws when compared to the United States, meaning your U.S. Constitutionally-protected right to have a gun does not extend to Canada. Your personal firearm will likely be confiscated if you try to bring it into Canada. However, if you are trying to bring your personal firearm into Canada and don’t declare it, then it becomes a smuggling offense.

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