Originally Posted by Brian McIlmoyle
Yes.... its true.. if I wanted to jump through all the hoops...I am confident I could get a business firearms License ... Which means my business could buy replicas for use on my premisis..
it is not possible to get a license to sell replicas to individuals... full stop.. the law forbids it.
every time you as an individual buys or sells an airsoft gun you could be busted for trafficing in prohibited devices... this is a reality... and this is why so many business went down this year..
Sure most of them had import licenses...and were briniging in guns legally
But they were not selling them legally because you can't.
Sales were based on the premis that enforcement was lax.. which left some room for trade... well enforcment is less lax now... so there is less room for trade.
There will likely be always someone willing to risk it to bring guns in and sell them... but the days of "shopping for guns" is over... at least for now...
I say go for it, but I'd also suggest maybe you should try and find a new place if you plan on doing that, a larger facility would attract more people and would be more sensible if you had rentals available.
Originally Posted by Mephisto
It's not a question of if new product arrives in Canada. There is product crossing the boarder all of the time.
The known retailers are being attacked, many of them shared a single point of entry. Peter Kang and Wes were supporting many of the airsoft "resellers" and others were using the same channel so a large channel being shut gives the illusion of a well organized assault on multiple stores.
The successful people have been bringing in small amounts from the states or elsewhere, no bulk orders, no customes brokers but also no huge volume discounts. These retailers are never going to make airsoft sales there bread and butter but it is great for the sport and can put a few pennies in the pocket.
What we need is a community with a number of these small succesfull retaiers. I personaly have brought in over 25 units since Christmass. There has been problems some of the real steal hand guns have been seized but for the most part it has been fine. I know of others that are doing the same thing, some with no luck and some that are seriously infating there margins to the point where the product becomes unatractive for the buyer (less buyers = less players).
I think in short what I am trying to say is if the people that were selling the guns cared more about the sport then the bottom line we would not have the problem that we are having. Keep it small personal and under the radar and we will all do much better.
I'd like to bring some stuff in as well, since the majority of these small folks are bringing in all the name brand stuff I'd like to contribute with the low-end stuff :P That is if someone here would be so nice to help me out