I am traveling and need to get some handguns to Washington (well, actually, further on--but the ferry will take me into WA so that's good enough). Unfortunately, my route brings me through Canada as I have to get to the ferry in Haines first. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do it. This is what I've come up with:
1) Bring the handguns with me through Canada. This requires declaring them at the border, registering them ($25 Canada for the whole lot), and most difficult, getting an "authorization to transport" from the Canadian authorities. I've left them a few messages but they have yet to send me the requisite form. The "form 629" on their website (PDF link - http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/f...fs/679-eng.pdf) says that if your'e a non-resident using the temporary declaration (i.e., me) then you need to call them, presumably for a different form.
One of my handguns is "prohibited" so it can't come into Canada regardless, so it may just get left behind in storage or sent via another method... The others are "restricted" so should be ok if the ATT goes through. Canada only allows 10 round magazines, but standard capacity mags can easily be mailed ahead via a flat rate USPS box.
Their laws are retarded, but their country, their rules, so they need to be complied with...
2) Ship the firearms via FEDEX/UPS to an FFL in WA, then pick them up from the FFL.
3) Have an AK FFL mail them to a WA FFL, then pick them up. I think FFLs can use USPS to go to other FFLs so this may end up being cheaper than paying for Super Brown Air Cargo Elite Diamond Plus FEDEX/UPS service, even after paying a bunch of FFL fees.
4) Ship the firearm to myself via FEDEX. This is legal, but I'm not exactly sure how it works. I assume that FEDEX could hold the package at a facility in WA and then I could go in and pick up the package upon arrival.
5) Ship the handguns to myself "care of" friends or family Outside then pick them up from them. Yes, this is legal (http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/unli...rms-additional).
I suppose I could also ship them to Haines instead of WA then pick them up before I get on the ferry, but WA might be easier and have more options.
None of the handguns are "heirlooms" and everything will be insured, so loss/damage isn't something that I'm inordinately worried about.
Does anyone have any experience or recommendations with any of these, or am I missing any options? Thanks for any info you may have -- I figure I'm not the first one to deal with Canada.