And take a look up North here too. I often talk to federal police, ert teams, and can/have shown and demonstrate airsoft to them. But all I can tell them is "you can't buy one...we need to get age verified, which we can't do.".
So we don't really win any allies that way. Just makes them think that it's an illegal act. So while their initial interest is "this is something we should all do", it ends up turning into "this is an illegal underground act that they keep hidden."
I'm sure there are many stories like mine.
We're putting the retailer above our own federal forces, and that's just asking for trouble IMHO.
If you have constructive criticism on how I can support the sport more, let me know...