Originally Posted by Capt. T/O
Actually, there is a law... the Criminal Code of Canada, as you all know well, classifies a firearm as something that shoots a projectile at greater than 500 fps (equivalent of) OR has more than 5.7 J of energy. The Firearms Act requires both 500 fps and 5.7 J.
So by shooting an AEG with a muzzle velocity greater than 500 fps, you are technically discharging a firearm. That is a whole new can of worms that you don't want to open.
Originally Posted by CDN_Stalker
Since when has it been an and/or thing? It's always been AND, not one of each.
Thank you Stalker...
The CFC has dictated that in order to be classified as a firearm, the "weapon" in question must meet 2 criteria. The first is that the kenitic energy must equal or exceed 5.7 joules (measured at the muzzel), and then if it meets this criteria, the fps must be equal or exceed 500 feet per second (also measured at the muzzel).
So even if your airsoft was shooting over 500, it would still not be considered a firearm. The stipulations are clear, and if you do some calculations, you'll figure out that we could almost get away with close to 700 fps. However, this kind of fps would result in severe injuries and would more than likely end up with the user being criminally charged with criminal negligance (the intent to shoot someone is still a crime), possibly assault causing bodily harm, and the personal injury law suits can cost you big money in pay outs if they decide to sue you. Especially if someone suffers the lose of an eye.
The ASC rules on fps and such have been in existance for over 20 years, and they have served us well.