Originally Posted by HonestJohn
Many customs officials and border entry points aren't well versed in what replicas are, or that they are necessarily disallowed.
The problem comes down to whether they are treated as toys or replica guns. In some cases businesses have been importing them for so long, permits or not, that neither they nor the customs officials who might process their imports realize there's a problem - yet. In due time I would expect they will get the attention of the powers that be, but it can take a very very long time.
Sorry, just catching up with this thread now - HoJo (or anyone else) is there a specific worded definition of what constitutes a replica firearm?
As someone said, Canadian Tire sells plenty of airguns that look just like a real 9mm to the average eye. Or is this more of a trademark issue as it is in the US? Since airsoft guns are legal there, but must not carry any infringing markings of the real firearm they are a replica of. This is why many airsoft importers in the US receive their guns marked and scuffed-up with dremel tools to sand off those infringing logos..