Taking firearms class will speed up border crossing

Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2001

Another Canadian firearms safety class will be held Saturday, March 24, in Juneau.

Organizer Gary Jenkins said 62 people attended the first day-long course held a month ago. The large response warranted another class.

"This is the last one I'm doing," said Jenkins, who expects between 50 and 60 people to sign up. "Anyone who doesn't get in this time will be on their own in getting through the process."

The classes were held in response to a Canadian law that went into effect Jan. 1.

Visitors who don't have a valid Canadian firearms license must now declare weapons by completing a nonresident declaration form and paying a $50 (Canadian) confirmation fee. The temporary license is good for 60 days and may be renewed at any time during a 12-month period.

Taking the firearms course, which includes a written exam and practical test, will help people get a Canadian firearms license that costs $60 (Canadian) and is good for five years.

"It will speed things up (at the border) for sure," said Gary Burgess, superintendent of Canadian Customs Operations in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. "It just makes things easier for everyone involved."

Jenkins wants people to call at 780-6633 or 789-9621 to preregister for the class, which will cost $60 per person. Those interested in taking the course must also pay $20 for a background check by the state.

"The class is limited to 70 people and will be on a first-come, first-served basis," Jenkins said.

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