I think that to blame the police and not focus on a solution is time well wasted. The laws are somewhat clear but could be considered fragile to say the least. Every time you deal with the Police you deal with an individual who will interpret the law. Now depending on the circumstance you may or may not get into trouble. Whether you are convicted or not who wants to be charged in the first place.
Defention of a firearm in the Criminal Code of Canada is as follows
"Firearm means a barrelled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily harm injury or death to a person, and includes any frame or receiver of such a barrelled weapon and anything that can be adapted for use as a firearm."
Can an airsoft gun take out an eye? Yes. Is that bodily harm? Yes. Do Police use the definition of the Firearms Act when laying charges under the Criminal Code? Not very often. The fps and all that is under the firearms act. Unfortunately there is a conflicting definition under the Criminal Code and one that will more likely be used by Police. So there is still some grey dispite what we are hoping for. Not to mention a Judge's ruling could prove to be fatal to our game. We must look at everything in a broad spectrum. Also for try to change a bad case law or bad law after the fact.
I am working on creating a lobby group to help prevent bad case law and knee jerk reactions from Politicians, Crown Attorneys, Judges and the public at large. This however is not an easy task as there is a lot involved.
Lets face it if a party wants to get re elected and airsoft is front page media, we are an easy target.
"and he lay with her in an unnatural way"