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Old September 3rd, 2009, 21:17   #1
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RCMP and airsoft

Hopefully this isn't nuked like most of the other threads on this topic....

We all know that the CBSA states airsoft is a replica and prohibited... well now do the RCMP. This was sent to me by an RCMP officer and is straight off the RCMP website.

Air guns that are replica firearms

These are air guns that are not powerful enough to cause serious injury or death, but that were designed to resemble a real firearm with near precision. Replica firearms, except for replicas of antique firearms, are classified as prohibited devices.

In particular, some air guns that are commonly called air soft guns may fall into this category. These are devices that have a low muzzle velocity and muzzle energy, and that usually discharge projectiles made out of a substance such as plastic or wax rather than metal or lead.

Although replica firearms are prohibited, you may keep any that you owned on December 1, 1998. You do not need a licence to possess them, and they do not need to be registered. However, as an individual, you cannot import or acquire a replica firearm. If you take a replica firearm out of Canada, you will not be able to bring it back in.

The Criminal Code sets out some penalties for using a replica firearm or any other imitation firearm to commit a crime.
Maybe it's time to actually get a group together and PROVE that airsoft can cause bodily harm. Pictures of chipped teeth, bleeding BB wounds, BB's in the skin, etc to pull it out of the replica airgun category and stick it in with the likes of "realistic" looking pellet guns.

We know CANsoft isn't classified as a replica (thus why the thing above says SOME airsoft guns) but all full black guns are. So we either all start playing with cansoft or do something about changing the categories.

Simply put, realistic looking pellet guns aren't classified as replicas so all the airsoft community needs to do is prove that airsoft can cause just as much bodily harm as a realistic looking pellet gun.

So now according to the RCMP, the buying and selling of full black airsoft guns is now a prohibited act.

Air guns that meet the Criminal Code definition of a firearm, but that are deemed not to be firearms for certain purposes of the Firearms Act and Criminal Code.

These are air guns with a maximum muzzle velocity of 152.4 meters or 500 feet per second and/or a maximum muzzle energy of 5.7 joules or 4.2 foot pounds.

Such air guns are exempt from licensing, registration, and other requirements under the Firearms Act, and from penalties set out in the Criminal Code for possessing a firearm without a valid licence or registration certificate. However, they are considered to be firearms under the Criminal Code if they are used to commit a crime. Anyone who uses such an air gun to commit a crime faces the same penalties as someone who uses a regular firearm.

The simple possession, acquisition and use of these air guns for lawful purposes is regulated more by provincial and municipal laws and by-laws than by federal law. For example, some provinces may have set a minimum age for acquiring such an air gun. For more information, please contact your local or provincial authorities.

These air guns are exempt from the specific safe storage, transportation and handling requirements set out in the regulations supporting the Firearms Act. However, the Criminal Code requires that reasonable precautions be taken to use, carry, handle, store, transport, and shipped them in a safe and secure manner.
The above quote is what most realistic looking pellet guns fall into now, the same guns you can buy from Canadian tire, Walmart, etc.
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