Originally Posted by Crunchmeister
Realistic airsoft guns are banned for being replicas. However, you can get many models of pellet and BB guns that look like the real steel. There are several Walther models that are identical to the real deal. Umarex also make Desert Eagle and Beretta 92FS and Px4 Storm pistols that look just like the real thing. There are Glock pellet guns that are also very close to the real steel. These are classifies as imitation firearms rather than replicas, even though they are replicas as well. These are what a majority of these crimes are commited with and not airsoft. Although I'm sure there are airsoft incidents as well, they aren't the majority of cases.
This is exactly what the story is about...why realistic pellet guns seem to get a pass from import restrictions but things like Airsoft guns that are actually much less likely to cause any injury are more tightly regulated.
There is a disparity in treatment..
its obvious to me that large national retailers that are selling these pellet guns are exploiting the loophole and meeting the expectations of the market by selling guns...that if they fired 6 mm plastic bbs would never have been allowed to be imported in such volumes and retailed