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Old October 23rd, 2006, 19:39   #1
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Mailing Replica Munitions Now Illegal in Canada

I just came across this bit of news, and I thought I would post it here in case any of you guys order/send fake grenades or fake artillery shells through Canada Post. I know there are some bb bottles that are in the shape of a grenade.. would they be considered replicas? Keep in mind this applies to mailing within Canada as well.
Anyways, just a heads up.


Canada Post: Mailing of Inert or Replica Munitions Now Illegal in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 23, 2006) - Canada Post today announced amendments to the Non-Mailable Matter Regulations prohibiting the mailing of inert of replica munitions into Canada, out of Canada, or within Canada. The new regulations became law effective October 4, 2006.

In recent years several inert or replica grenades and artillery shells were found in the mail stream which resulted in numerous evacuations of postal facilities. These evacuations cause stress for employees and have a significant impact on mail processing and delivery standards.

As a responsible employer, Canada Post applied for and received approval for amendments to the Non-Mailable Matter Regulations, prohibiting the mailing of inert or replica explosives. The change was published in the Canada Gazette Part II on October 4, 2006.

Continued exposure to these replica or inert munitions poses a real danger and de-sensitizes Canada Post and Canada Border Services Agency employees to instances where there may be a genuine explosive device. It is hoped that the new Regulation amendments will serve as a deterrent to those who may consider sending these items through the mail.

http://www.ccnmatthews.com/news/rele...tionFor=617934
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 19:54   #2
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I cannot blame the system.
Imagine you are an ordinary postal worker and have no clue about inert or live ammo.

You accidentaly drop a package and a 50mm inert AA shell rolls out.
Freaking out is understandable, especially these days when terrorists are really active.

Although I understand it sux since it will be very hard to get, lets say, a fake ammo belt for your STAR M249 .

Heh, also I can say goodbye to my plans of getting a ww2 repro german grenade :banghead:
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 20:13   #3
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 20:37   #4
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Canada Post doesn't open packages. Therefore, unless the item is poorly wrapped or is marked, they won't know any better.

Note that technically, by the letter of their law and as posted on their website, firearms (including imitation and replica firearms) are prohibited as well. That hasn't stopped millions of gun owners from shipping REAL guns in the mail, and plenty of airsoft guns go through the system every day.

In other words, Big Deal.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 23:02   #5
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FedEx, UPS, DHL as alternatives?

I don't know their shipping polices, but unless they also prohibit these items, its premature to say that shipping replica munitions is illegal.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 23:35   #6
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Crap, i have dummy rounds on there way to me now. I doubt theyd get siezed but that would suck if it does.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 23:55   #7
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i dont think theyre worried about bullets, more so explosive ordanence like something that could be mistaken for a bomb. apparently theres a problem with alqida mailing bombs to each other.
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Old October 24th, 2006, 00:29   #8
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From my understanding of this news release, this is only a Canada Post thing. It just sounds like they've had a few bad experiences in the past where they evacuated postal offices because they found fake grenades and artillery shells. I'm not sure how they "found" them in the past, since I was under the impression they didn't scan or x-ray packages within Canada, but maybe 9/11 changed things and now they do. They don't say what happens if you are caught sending this stuff, like a fine or something more serious.. they don't really give anymore details.

Like I said before, it's just a heads up. If your paranoid and plan on sending this sort of stuff, like those fake grenades or those 40mm cartridges for the M203, simply use a different courier.

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Reuters Canada had a funnier headline:
Stop mailing fake grenades, Canadians told
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