By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
From time to time, we hear about misinformed or overzealous US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents who cause problems for hunters traveling with guns. Steve Turner of Travel with Guns (www.travelwithguns.com
) recently alerted us to difficulties faced by a client who declared his gun with Form 4457 at a port of entry in Irving, Texas. The customs agent informed him that he could not register without a flight itinerary due to a new ruling and that he would need to register every year.
Obviously, no flight itinerary is needed to acquire a certified 4457, and the form is valid for the registered firearm in perpetuity. We contacted CBP Press Officer Yoland Choates about the problem.
Says Choates, "International travelers seeking to complete CBP Form 4457 (Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad) do not need to have a flight itinerary or flight number to complete that form. Anyone who seeks to complete a CBP Form 4457 and is having difficulty with that process should ask to speak to a supervisor in an effort to resolve the issue....