Originally Posted by Sha Do
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.
The CFC is based on the Firearms Act... which defines a firearm as having to have both criteria.
The Criminal Code does not and requires only one of the other.
You can look for the definition of a firearm under the Criminal Code I'm not going to quote it unless you guys want me to.
But we have all seen it before.
Actually went to the CFC website.
And it confirms what I said above.
I was only making a point that having a AEG 500 fps may lead to criminal liability under the Criminal Code.