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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:25   #1
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Has anyone here actually had their airsoft seized at the border? (see criteria)

I have read the FAQs and used the search function, but have not seen many posts about airsoft seized at the US-Canada border given the following conditions:

1) The airsoft were transported in person in a car at the US border (ie, not mailed in or flown in)
2) The airsoft were declared upfront instead rather than smuggled/snuck in
3) The airsoft were not being brought in for commercial use (ie, so the importer was not trying to bring in a large qty of the same model or a qty that seemed unusual for personal use (10+))

So who here has followed these criteria and still had their airsoft seized at the border? If it has happened, would you mind sharing exactly what happened?
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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:27   #2
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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:28   #3
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1 and 2 apply to me.

Ive declared and lost, but was given opportunity to return items.
Ive declared and lost and was not given opportunity to return.
Ive declared and been allowed through.

Im not promoting that anyone do it though.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:28   #4
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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:33   #5
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Give it a try ! Pretty sure far in you mind you think you can do it.

1) The airsoft were transported in person in a car at the US border (ie, not mailed in or flown in) : When you are doing that shake a pespsi can and throw it saying ''Fire in tha hole''

2) The airsoft were declared upfront instead rather than smuggled/snuck in : Sure ! Anybody already tried that...

3) The airsoft were not being brought in for commercial use (ie, so the importer was not trying to bring in a large qty of the same model or a qty that seemed unusual for personal use (10+) : Order a minigun....and make a video with it !

4)Get age verified and buy here !

5)God forgive these words : WTF happen to ASC on the past week ??
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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:39   #6
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4)Get age verified and buy here !
+1, though if you still want to try it's all up to you. Though there has been enough red flags here to say other wise. Good luck.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:42   #7
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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:44   #8
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Where? Shes mine! Someone get some steak sauce.

On one of the last few trips I took to Seatle, I found one of these.



When I declared it, the agent took it, and pulled the pin out of in and held it for a about 10 seconds before putting the pin back in and handing it back to me, he stated that it was the funniest item he had seen all day, and that was that. It sits on my desk and my coworkers who come to visit me, walk in, and always pull the pin out.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:45   #9
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1) The airsoft were transported in person in a car at the US border (ie, not mailed in or flown in)/ SMUGGLED IN

I wouldnt recommend this but it has been done numerous of times successfully. I havent heard anyone get busted probably because it would be too embarrassing

2) The airsoft were declared upfront instead rather than smuggled/snuck in

Best option. Right now there is a high-risk of seizure ever since about October. If you are smart and say the right things you may get it through AND If you are busted you will either have a chance to return the items (Niagara Falls) or have it destroyed. If you are an idiot, you will not only have your items seized, but be blacklisted and interrogated by customs
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Old December 10th, 2007, 17:45   #10
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Is there more to that story? When I was reading, it seemed that his wife got stopped for trying to transport a large load of commercial goods across the border. Not to mention he is a dealer and flagged already.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 18:06   #11
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Where? Shes mine! Someone get some steak sauce.

On one of the last few trips I took to Seatle, I found one of these.



When I declared it, the agent took it, and pulled the pin out of in and held it for a about 10 seconds before putting the pin back in and handing it back to me, he stated that it was the funniest item he had seen all day, and that was that. It sits on my desk and my coworkers who come to visit me, walk in, and always pull the pin out.
I have one of those as well that I bought at a store in Upstate NY, except mine an old 'pineapple' style grenade. (and it's featured in my avatar pic) It also sits on my desk at work ad people pull the pin on it all the time.

Had a similar incident with the customs officer who inspected it. He pulled the pin and released the spoon as part of his inspection. When it didn't blow up after 10 seconds or so, he handed the parts back to me. Is it just me, or was that not the most moronic thing ever? Had it been a live grenade, he would have done nothing more than blow himself up with it. lol Guess they don't hire rocket scientists as customs inspectors.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 18:11   #12
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I agree Crunch, like really, they have to know that their not live, but they still pull them anyways just to be sure, but really if in the past both of our desk top novelties were live, we would not be here today, although it is still funny that they do that.
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Indeed. That customs story makes everyone at work who's enquired about my grenade laugh their asses off and call the customs officer an idiot in some form or another. It certainly makes for a good conversation piece if nothing else.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 18:22   #14
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Wow reading that, I was thinking man you should have yell "DUCK AND COVER". I am sure he/she would have shit there pants.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 18:35   #15
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that would have been more than slightly bad lol
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