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Must report firearms to ATF upon arrival?

footanklegfootankleg Posts: 513 Officer
I recently applied for and received a new LBO since I had gotten a new passport. The text below is copied from the confirmation email I received from CBP. Anyone hear of this or have more info?

"There are certain entry requirements of which boaters should be particularly aware. One is the requirement to obtain approval from ATF - in advance - for the entry of all firearms onboard the vessel. If you do not have the approved ATF Form 6 for firearms, CBP will detain them."
Cobia 296 F300s J & B
Hewes 18' RF Y130 Flatfoot


  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Thats new to me???? Obama gun grab?
    Just stopped a couple weeks go, they asked we said yes we have on, they moved right on to other questions and went away...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Reading up on it form 6 is for importers of firearms , appears to be for resale? An online process is listed then in another page it says do not use that process with no further information?
  • fish_stixfish_stix Posts: 1,395 Officer
    That form is only for people who buy firearms overseas and wish to bring them back to the U.S. Since you can't buy firearms in the Bahamas it's a moot point anyway. If they ask for paperwork on your return show them the Bahamas entry paperwork on which you declared your firearms, which proves that you had them before checking in to the Bahamas. Firearms are a PIA in the Bahamas and not likely to be of any use to you since they have to remain locked up for the duration of your trip. I would only consider taking guns if heading down to Cay Sal where there are no resident police or military. BTW, the Bahamas, like all other UK colonies, is not sympathetic to using deadly force to protect yourself; it'll cost you a bundle in legal fees and you'll probably still spend a long time behind bars.
  • footanklegfootankleg Posts: 513 Officer
    Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad there is a reasonable explanation. I've been packing since the old days at Bimini. I always declare on entry and keep firearms locked in the cabin while on land.
    Cobia 296 F300s J & B
    Hewes 18' RF Y130 Flatfoot
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