Re: Border laws ‘criminalize good people,’ Nov. 27.
What Robert Cominos should have done was either get in touch with Canada Customs and checked before he tried to cross the border, or leave the gun at the American crossing to be picked up on the way back.
Being truthful to the Canadian officers should have gone in his favour and have him turn around and go back to the American Customs. I could see if he tried to hide his loaded Steyr Mannlicher pistol, but he didn’t.
What I find ironic is Canadians can’t purchase most gun-related items – ammunition, powder, primers, etc. – because if they are caught, they may be charged under the Patriot Act, which could get you an overnight stay in Bellingham and a court appearance.
I, for one, have headed toward the Canadian border only to be stopped just past the D Street overpass and questioned – “do you have any firearms, alcohol, tobacco, etc.,” – and then I continued on my way.
The price for 20- and 28-gauge shot shells are a lot cheaper, but it is not worth taking a chance even if you have the best intentions.
Jim Kerr, Surrey