There is no debate here. It's a by-law. As far as the idiot in the article, I hope he does have his shit destroyed.
It sounds like the majority of airsofters wouldn't follow the law even if it applied to them. Doesn't bode well for a group that constantly complains about stuff being illegal or laws restricting the purchase of guns.
If it were legal to purchase them from anywhere in the world, but the law states you have to register them, you still wouldn't would you?
On the seventh day when God rested, we overran his perimeter and we've been running the show ever since....