The CBSA(Canada Board Services Agency) is encouraging Americans to leave their weapons at home or, failing that, to declare them at the border and make proper arrangements for them while visiting Canada.
Veronica Horne, CBSA chief of operations says that the best policy for visitors is to be honest, as getting caught with a concealed weapon at the border will only mean harsher penalties.
A man from New Hampshire was forced to surrender his handgun and ammunition last week, after he was stopped at the border. He was also fined $2,000.
Knives and pepper spray are also considered weapons, Horne pointed out. However, weapons may not necessarily be taken away if they are declared properly.