Originally Posted by Capt. T/O
under the Criminal Code, its 500 fps muzzle velocity OR 5.7 joules of muzzle energy... under the Firearms Act, its 500 fps AND 5.7 joules.
it really depends what they want to charge you with...
you mentioned criminal charges.... that implies the Criminal Code and thus 500 fps OR 5.7 joules.
Technically it's 500fps and 5.7J in both the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act. The 500fps was carried over from pre-Firearms Act legislation, while the 5.7J was inserted in 2003. The section's not very well worded, but one needs to exceed both numbers to be a firearm under Canadian law.