Originally Posted by Dirtbag
Really !? You might want to take a long hard look at the firearms laws and their history in this country in the last 20 years and then re read what you wrote. There is nothing illegal about owning and being using firearms, all unregistered firearms can be technically tossed in the back seat of your car and driven to the range. You can clean them on your front porch if you so wish.
Christ, first off, learn how to use the English language. Secondly, there is nothing illegal about owning firearms provided it's legally done. USE of firearms is a VERY different story, it depends almost entirely on where and how you use them.
As for transporting nin-restricted firearms, this is a very touchy area, I knew a guy who thought the same as you, and yes, you can transport them unloaded, unlocked and out of a container. The individual I mentioned before got nailed by the law, on the grounds that when his vehicle stopped moving, it was no longer a case of "transportation of a firearm", at this point, the law argued that it was "storage of a firearm".
There is no federal law regarding where you can use a firearm, when or in what manner. There is no federal law in where they can be carried. Depending on the area, the tolerance towards them may be higher.
When I was in some buttfuck nowhere place in Alberta, we were "popping" ground hog or some other kind of pest. We ran out of ammunition, we piled into the pickup, 4 of us in the bed, 3 in the cab, rifle out in the bed with us. We drove into town and parked the truck outside the local "Big store". The owner slung his rifle as the doors of the truck were busted, at this point I suggested some of us stay with the truck and the rifle, I was assured "Na, it's fine" and we proceeded into the store, purchased ammunition and left, not a fuck was given. On the way out we passed one of the LE Officers for the town, he asked what we were up to, we told him, he told us to have a nice day. Neither the cop, nor anyone in the store gave a shit. The cashier, in fact, asked us how the gun was performing and if we'd reccomend he buy one. Nobody cared, they're used to seeing guns and that kind of lifestyle.
Try that in a city and see where it gets you. When I went to highschool, one of the kids in my class had a belt with super fake looking bullets on it, some student called the cops to report it as he was concerned the kid with the belt might have brought them for a school shooting. We all got to see armed response.
This is Canada, while some areas may be an exception, behaving properly is enough to put gun owners in a bad light. It's idiots like you, who insist on doing stupid shit, like openly brandishing a firearm or a replica of a firearm, based simply on your interpretation of the law, whether it be a correct or false interpretation, who get a bad image, more criticism/debate/trouble slapped on for the rest of us. The imbecilic actions of one individual hurt us all.
Living smartly and thinking before we do something (What you refer to as living in fear) is what has kept the airsoft community existing. On more than one occassion, we've had this kind of shit happen.
At one of the airsoft conventions, some idiot decided to walk in public with his M4 on his back, cops showed up. Luckily for us, there was 0 issue arise out of it. Though the individual was given the option of having it seized on the spot or getting a gunbag from the convention. Too bad for him, his idiotic behavior earned him a refusal to allow his entry. The correct response from the host in my opinion.
I don't care if the law said I could walk my SVT-40 down the street in downtown toronto, common sense and basic judgement say it's a bad idea, don't do it