CBSA to Americans: leave the guns at home

The Cornwall customs facility, south of the intersection of Water Street and Brookdale Avenue, in September 2014. (Photo/Federal Bridge Corp.)

OTTAWA – Canada’s border agency has launched an awareness campaign to send a message to Americans – leave your guns at home.

The latest PR campaign comes as border agents in Prescott, Cornwall and Lansdowne have seized 82 firearms in the first seven months of this year.

Firearms are considered high-risk commodities and declaration usually, if not always, comes up during questioning as travellers enter Canada.

Failing to declare a gun can result in seizure and criminal prosecution.

If you declare a gun that can’t be imported into Canada, it will be held by the CBSA and can be shipped back to the owner or be abandoned without criminal repercussions.