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Old June 3rd, 2012, 00:39   #1
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RCMP "Fact Sheet"?

Came upon this on the RCMP site:

3. 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.

The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) receives many enquiries from people wondering whether a low-powered air gun would be considered a replica if it resembles a real firearm in terms of its shape and size, but it is made of clear or brightly coloured plastic, or is much smaller in size.

Many of these devices have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. As a general rule, however, those made out of clear plastic and those that are significantly smaller than the real version are not classified as replicas. Brightly coloured paint does not necessarily exclude a device from the definition of a replica.

Well, the bodily harm thing has caused a great amount of confusion so...
Arent pretty much ALL airsoft guns here capable of serious injury (shot in the eye at 320fps is probably serious, isnt it? [not to mention shots up the anus O.o]) but is any of this in the actual criminal code itself? I mean, its a facts sheet, they can make it all up!

And many of these have to be assessed on a case to case basis... Does that mean I have to bring in an airsoft gun to the RCMP for them to assess it? What if I dont? What's the default? Am I in possession of a prohibited device or not? What happens if they just happen to walk into your home to ask you questions about your dead neighbor and they see an airsoft pistol and some other gear on the floor of your living room (lets say it was clear from windows etc [no, this has not happened to me but I am creating a situation here so bear with me])? Are they going to charge you with possession on a prohibited device or purchasing it after 1998 (Many of the real steel guns that mine are modeled after were not created in 1998 anyways so it's pretty obvious)? Do they have the right to pick it up, seize it on the spot and just destroy it? Whats the default here?

Now, whats this about wax BBs? Do they really exist?

Do blank firing guns fall under this category too?

I fire my GBB at home away from outside view (which technically is illegal according to some Bylaw [but then again, by that logic, Nerf and SuperSoaker discharge within city limits is also illegal]) and I game once or twice a year so I really don't have much gear. I don't see anything bad happening to me in the future regarding the Gun Control in Canada (which sucks by the way).

I wonder if a liberal government will make that much of a difference?

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