View Full Version : Has ANYONE ever been asked for a PAL?
09-06-2005, 12:56 PM
I have never been asked for a PAL in Alberta by a F&W. The only time I have heard of of firearms charges coming up is if there is a drug bust in a house with firearms in it.
Are Alberta F&W's or are they not asking for it? My info is that the Alta gov is not supporting or enforcing.
09-06-2005, 02:03 PM
Not asking for it, around here anyways. I don't even get asked for it when buying ammo, unless I'm in Edmonton or CGY
09-06-2005, 02:48 PM
I've never had F&W ask, but then again I've never been stopped by them. I do however get asked every time I buy ammo in Calgary. Must be my shifty looks, then they get a look at the pic on my PAL and really start wonderin.....:hat
09-06-2005, 03:27 PM
They didn't ask you for papers for the 25lb keg of blackpowder, 20,000 primers or 10,000 bullets but..for a box of 22's...
09-06-2005, 03:43 PM
I think you're right Hoser99, AB F & W have been instructed not to enforce the registration / license laws. I've beens stopped at least 4 times by F&W since the new laws came in.... they ask for hunting licences and sometimes check firearms. They have yet to ask for my PAL or POL, or gun registration certificates.
2 seasons ago I was coming back home with my mulie buck in the back of my truck and ran into an RCMP check stop on the highway in the middle of the afternoon. The officer asked if I had been hunting, then noticed the deer and commented "Oh, nice deer. Do you have a rifle with you?" My rifle was cased and leaning on my front seat (Ford Ranger without supercab.... not much storage space). I said yes and pointed to it, and the office just said "OK, carry on." without asking for any gun law crap.
09-06-2005, 04:40 PM
never, only buying ammo.
Somtimes they get snarky and ask for other photo ID as well, as if a government issued card wasn't good enough >D
09-06-2005, 06:09 PM
They actually asked for more ID than your PAL???!! Must be victims of "Small Man Syndrome" or they didn't like the fact you only have 1 eyebrow!
09-09-2005, 03:23 PM
Bleh, they're making minimum wage, they don't know any better. >D
09-14-2005, 02:03 PM
I have .... last summer I was shooting in a gravel pit and so were some guys with their glock .... well someone reported them shooting the hand gun (i actualy think they called it in cause we were in the way of their blasting everything) ..... when the cops showed up mind you we were the only ones there so they checked my PAL as well as my registration certificates.... were very interested if I had any of my restricted equipment on me ... these were RC's
Generaly they were pretty nice about it ... all 3 of them. Once I realized one of them was my superior officer in the military (in a other life) the situation completely defused and they put their shotgun away ;)
So it is possible to get checked ... remember the RC's are federal so to me at least its unlcear if they have a mandate to enforce the gun laws in alberta outside of the cities.
In anycase this was not your normal deer in the back of the pickup situation... so for the most part there is probably nothing to worry about.
09-14-2005, 04:06 PM
Are you kidding? You're damn lucky they didn't take your guns or you'd have an expensive court case to tend to...
10-07-2005, 10:49 PM
qwerty, you must know that 'THE LAW' says you cant do that?!?
you cant even shoot targets/gophers on your own land with a restricted, let alone public property.
thats good that you slide out of that one
10-11-2005, 02:56 PM
I think you guys misunderstood him-he never said he had restricted weapons there-the other guys had the Glock.
10-16-2005, 03:15 PM
I just re-read it and was wondering if the guys with the glock got in trouble.
Very bad move on their part, even in AB.
We live in Canada, you just can't do that stuff here :(
10-25-2005, 02:59 PM
That's pretty crazy, shooting the glock where others would find you. I think that for the most part if you don't give them a reason to check up on you, they won't bother. Doesn't hurt to be polite and makes their day a little easier too.
10-25-2005, 06:41 PM
Got stopped by a CO up near Drayton Valley a few weeks ago. Had 2 rifles in the cab,(unloaded), 2 bows, and a 12 ga(unloaded). He was responding to the report of gun shots during the bow season and pulled us over. After 2 minutes explaining to him that we'd taken a grouse and showed him the bird, showed him our bear tags to explain the rifles and let him run our WIN cards, we chatted for the better part of a half hour bout various unrelated things. Now we were polite and forth comming, but he didnt even ask if we had PAL's or if the guns were registered. Me thinks politeness and putting him at ease (being that we were literally loaded for bear) might have had something to do with not being 'hassled' or unneccesarily held up. The way I figure, they have a job to do, and that job involves armed individuals or groups more times than not. With nothing to hide, why not be as polite and easy to deal with as possible ? Put yourself in their shoes for a minute and consider who gets the easier/quicker once over. :hat
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