Can I Ship Gun Parts Over the U.S. Border?

The Question

Hi Ken,

I just purchased a new bolt-action rifle that has a problem with the bolt. I called the manufacturer—located in the United States—and they told me to ship the bolt to them to be replaced or repaired. My question is: Can we legally ship a bolt over the U.S. border for repair?


Chris Clayden
Barrie, Ontario

The Answer

You should have no problems at all sending your bolt down to the U.S. for repair. It is perfectly legal to do so. However I would suggest that you include a letter in the package describing the problem and indicating exactly why you are shipping a rifle bolt. This should answer any questions that Customs officers might have, if the package is opened by either U.S. or Canadian officials en route.


Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.

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