Originally Posted by Brian McIlmoyle
Are the same thing.. an object that looks like a firearm but is not is a replica and is classified as a prohibited device if proven to be a replica in a court of law.
A deactivated firearm is not a firearm.. but is an exact duplicate of a firearm ( because it used to be one ) therefore it is a replica.
I have no Idea what provincial statutes apply in PQ for airsoft..
I can't read french well enough to read laws... but whatever statutes they have they are subordinate to federal law.
A dewat is not a replica. It's proscribed as a dewat, and it is a firearm. It just changes classification from non-restricted, restricted or prohibited based upon verification as a permanent dewat. You do not need to have a PAL in any form to possess or transfer a dewat that is in Canada. This differs from a replica.
If you import a dewat, you must possess and register the item as it would be classified in Canada, and then it gets verified by as a dewat, and the classification is changed. So, basically, you can only import a dewat if you have a PAL for the non-deactivated version of the gun. Once it's in Canada, it can be done with as you please, just don't try to commit another crime using it.