Originally Posted by red_baroness
Actually, Airsoft guns are legal to own, buy, sell, and import. The Canadian Firearms center has declared them “not a firearm” under the firearms act. They still are firearms in the eyes of the law, of course, so are pellet guns, BB guns under 495 feet per second, paintball guns, starter pistols and even nerf guns. The real factor in determining legality seems to be intent. If your intent is to own, use, or sell Airsoft guns for the purpose of playing Airsoft, then it is perfectly legal. Conversely, if you use one of the above-mentioned guns as theatrical replicas; you would be breaking the law. Not only would that gun become a ‘prohibited firearm’ in the eyes of the law, you could also potentially be charged with a prohibited weapons crime. Scary. So, the trick seems to be to always use the term “Airsoft” when referring to the guns, and never use “replica” (even if it says so right on the box).
Now I did hear a rumor that the RCMP were issuing tracking numbers, and blah blah blah, but I’m pretty sure that is BS. I can’t seem to find the numbers anywhere, and I know of several stores selling them legally, who have also never heard of this. Also, they have inquired with the RCMP, and were told that they are not tracking any Airsoft guns. There are several parameters that CBSA require to be met in order for them to allow the guns entry into Canada. It seems this is where the misconception of Airsoft legality arises- I could get into all this but my fingers are tired! But the long and short of it is that if your intent is to play Airsoft with your Airsoft gun then it is perfectly legal to buy, sell, own and import.