- Dec 24, 2011
- Monument, CO
Can anyone answer - is there an ATF form to have approved prior to going to MX to bring a gun back into the US after a hunt?
If IIRC, @Korhil78 is/was with the CBP.Can anyone answer - is there an ATF form to have approved prior to going to MX to bring a gun back into the US after a hunt?
Shooter264 is on point here but I’ll add it’s easier if you get your 4457 prior by going to a customs office before traveling. I usually go to Sonora every January.Just get a 4457 signed by a border agent before you go and bring it back is as simple as showing that with your rifle. The border agent will look at the 4457 and verify it against the serial number on your rifle and you’re good to go. I always make sure to list all the optics I take on the 4457 as well just because if you don’t and get the wrong agent, they could try to charge you taxes on your optics because they don’t know if you owned them or bought them in the country you’re coming from.
Going to Mexico with a firearm you need to have your outfitter send you your gun permit or a copy of it ahead of time. You will have your rifle checked when you enter Mexico by the military. Also, have a couple color photocopies of your passport in your gun case. It will save the military time from not having to do that and they greatly appreciate it.
I travel to Mexico to hunt at least once a year and it’s not a hard process if you have all your documentation in order.
Very nice ram! Who did the taxi work? He looks really cool!View attachment 392892
Good luck. Killed this on three years ago in Mexico.
I just returned from Canada, and the US Customs agent in Vancouver told me to complete an ATF Form 6 (online) before my next trip outside the country.You will show up to the port of entry and have the rifle in a case. Present it to the Customs officer at the port and they will run a NCIC check on the rifle. They will then fill out a CBP form 4457 which is a “Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad” for you. You then get in your vehicle and go the Mexican custom guys and present that form to them (they will kick you back to the US if you don’t have it). You will do this going in and going out of the US.
Also, if you are brining a head or a hide back into the US, you will need to call the US port of entry ahead of time and ask them when their “AQI” will be on so they can inspect it. It’s like the Customs version of fish and game. They only work certain days so if you don’t call ahead and find out when they will be there, you can’t get back to thE US with the head and hide and will have to wait hours or days in Mexico for when they will be working.
That makes zero sense. Not saying you’re wrong but think you received bad information. Why would you need to fill out an import permit for a gun you already own and purchased in the United States?? I’m thinking he was mistaken. A 4457 is all you should need.I just returned from Canada, and the US Customs agent in Vancouver told me to complete an ATF Form 6 (online) before my next trip outside the country.
He didn't explain what the form is for or why I should complete it, but I plan to look it up. I think the whole mess is just liberal US beauracracy at work, harassing citizens who hunt. I will say this, Canadian customs was much worse on our way into the country, It took us fully 3 hours to get through the whole 4 stage mess before we could check into our flight to Whitehorse on Air North. Fortunately, our outfitter had warned us to allow 3 hours between flights, and we had 4 hours.That makes zero sense. Not saying you’re wrong but think you received bad information. Why would you need to fill out an import permit for a gun you already own and purchased in the United States?? I’m thinking he was mistaken. A 4457 is all you should need.