I apologize for the mildly necro post.
This is the first time I've seen this thread having only recently joined the community.
I feel a sense of terrible loss here and shame.
Though it wouldn't bear directly on the case, the court couldn't categorize airsoft as inherently criminal by itself, if they knew that Canada was buying the same equipment for LEO and MIL training. I could possibly have provided that proof and contacts of which the judge could have made inquiries.
I'm normally given to verbosity and suddenly find myself at a loss for words.