Originally Posted by Jackals
Funny thing is, no one here has mentioned the fact that inorder for it be a firearm it must meet two criteria.
1. 500 FPS or more
2. Amount of Joules (not sure on the number).
If it doesnt meet both of those conditions its not a fire arm. Last time I checked, and I could be wrong, a 6mm .20 to .40 bbs couldnt reach the amount of Joules required until something like 700 FPS.
Just an outside point.
As a retailer of parts, dealing with the CBSA is a major time consumer. I cant tell you how many days I play telephone tag with the Prohibited Items Unit, hell I have them on Speed dail.
<nod> and im not arguing...but.....
Direct from the RCMP website: http://www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca/factsheets/airguns_e.asp
" 2. Air guns that meet the Criminal Code definition of a firearm, but that are deemed not to be firearms for certain purposes of the Firearms Act and Criminal Code.
These are air guns with a maximum muzzle velocity of 152.4 meters or 500 feet per second and/or a maximum muzzle energy of 5.7 joules or 4.2 foot pounds.
Such air guns are exempt from licensing, registration, and other requirements under the Firearms Act, and from penalties set out in the Criminal Code for possessing a firearm without a valid licence or registration certificate. However, they are considered to be firearms under the Criminal Code if they are used to commit a crime. Anyone who uses such an air gun to commit a crime faces the same penalties as someone who uses a regular firearm.
The simple possession, acquisition and use of these air guns for lawful purposes is regulated more by provincial and municipal laws and by-laws than by federal law. For example, some provinces may have set a minimum age for acquiring such an air gun. For more information, please contact your local or provincial authorities.
These air guns are exempt from the specific safe storage, transportation and handling requirements set out in the regulations supporting the Firearms Act. However, the Criminal Code requires that reasonable precautions be taken to use, carry, handle, store, transport, and shipped them in a safe and secure manner."