Rose told a soldout crowd in Toronto that Canada Customs found a gun on their tourbus. (Photo: REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/Scanpix Sweden)
Saturday, July 16 saw the return of one of the greatest rock bands of the 80’s and 90’s to Canada. Unfortunately, Guns n’ Roses also brought a namesake item with them, and were promptly detained at the Canadian border when trying to enter.
Axl Rose, lead vocalist of the band, told a sold-out crowd of over 50,000 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto — which was the band’s only Canadian stop during the tour — that when trying to enter Canada on Friday before the concert, customs officers went through their bus and found a gun.
The group was also detained trying to enter Canada in 1988, when Rose brought his stun gun into Canada.
Though Rose said that the officers were “very understanding,” others may not find them so understanding as Canada has strict laws for non-residents bringing guns into Canada.
What is the law on bringing a gun into Canada?
A non-resident cannot bring a prohibited firearm into Canada, even if the person is a licensed gun owner. Prohibited firearms include handguns with a barrel length of 105 mm or less and automatic firearms.
See: Which guns are legal to own in Canada?
Though a prohibited firearm may not be brought into Canada, you can bring a both a restricted and a non-restricted firearm as long as you fill out the “Non-Resident Firearm Declaration” at the border when trying to enter Canada. If the customs officers confirm the declaration, then the person has a 60 day permission to have the gun while in Canada.
There are also some other essential requirements to being able to bring a gun into Canada. The person bringing the gun has to be at least 18 years old and the firearm declaration will only be valid for the person who actually signs it.
If a non-resident wants to have the ability to go through Canada with a non-prohibited gun for longer periods of time, he or she can also acquire a 5-year Possession and Acquire License but would have to go through the Canadian Firearms Safety Course before applying for a PAL.
So, unlike their song “It’s So Easy”, Guns N’ Roses found out it’s actually not so easy to bring a gun into Canada.