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Old June 24th, 2009, 13:32   #1
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Clearsoft = Canadian legal?

Hey guys,

I just wanted to clear something up as I'm getting a little confused by what a lot of online retailers are stating.

Basically, the new models with clear lower receivers are being advertised as "Canadian legal". Does this mean that my full metal AEGs are no longer legal?

I know about the whole "Airsoft falls into a grey area of the law", but I just wanted to know if retailers are saying this because the clear bottomed receivers are legal to import without a license and this is just a marketing gimmick, or if there are more freedoms with running around with a clear bottomed receiver as opposed to a full metal one.

I'm guessing you're in just as much trouble with the law if a cop catches you running around with a clear bottomed receiver as a full metal one, only he'll probably shoot you first if you're seen with the latter.

I personally hate clear bottomed receivers, but I just wanted to know if anybody knows the legal advantages of having them in this country.

Thanks
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Old June 24th, 2009, 13:41   #2
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with a few exceptions the full metal AEGs have not been legal to buy since 1998 and neither are the ones with black receivers. To be clear the black plastic AEGs are considered replicas and there is no legal way to import and sell them to the general public. As for the ASC retailers selling those black and metal guns, keep in mind the above and then you can figure out why other retailers are pointing out that their stock is legal

Airsoft guns with fully clear and partially clear receivers ARE legal so long as they stay clear as there is no way an actual firerarm could be made clear and as such they cant be confused as actual firearms.

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Old June 24th, 2009, 13:51   #3
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There is one person who answers it very well and to the point

Drake >> Heres his post
http://www.airsoftcanada.com/showpos...29&postcount=8

And here is another to give you a more clear example of how certain provinces deal with Airsoft and clear stuff
http://www.airsoftcanada.com/showpos...2&postcount=10

So basically as Drake said it himself that there is no guarantee the policy won't change so technically it may or may not stay "Canadian legal"
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Old June 24th, 2009, 13:52   #4
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clears are just legal to import and sell, full black/metal guns are still perfectly legal to own (as long as you say you bought it before 98, they cannot prove otherwise)
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Old June 24th, 2009, 14:07   #5
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lol if the model of airsoft gun wasnt made till after 1998 they could prolly figure it out
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Old June 24th, 2009, 14:39   #6
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It's a "prototype" that I owned before 1998.... Yeah....

"But how did you get a "prototype" *2008* PTW in 1998?"
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Old June 24th, 2009, 14:43   #7
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it's a "prototype" that i owned before 1998.... Yeah....

"but how did you get a "prototype" *2008* ptw in 1998?" :d
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Old June 24th, 2009, 14:45   #8
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I take the references to "Cansoft" and "Canadian Legal" to mean nothing more than the clear (or clear receiver/frame) AEGs/GBBs do not have legal issues associated to the IMPORT and TRANSFER of the items. They are truely seen as "toys".

If you wanted to (and could find an out of country supplier that would sell them to you)...you could just order them yourself. Establishing contacts, min quantities and purchase window quotas are probably the limiting factors for "Joe Average".

Otherwise...nothing has changed in regards to the possession, use, transfer, etc... of replicas.

NOTE: I may very well be 100% in the wrong about this...I try not to be, but my wife says otherwise.

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Old June 24th, 2009, 19:14   #9
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As far as I know, its not anymore "legal" but more "tollerated" by the CBSA.
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Old June 24th, 2009, 20:27   #10
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As far as I know, its not anymore "legal" but more "tollerated" by the CBSA.
Exactely!

Its quite the marketing ploy to put a "Canadian Legal" label on it and nothing is wrong using that label but for new comers it can definitely skew their knowledge of whats truly legal or not.
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Old June 24th, 2009, 20:49   #11
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As far as I know, its not anymore "legal" but more "tollerated" by the CBSA.
Wrong.

Tys is correct. Of course, people can believe whatever they like if it makes them feel more comfortable about their airsoft transactions.
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Old June 24th, 2009, 20:59   #12
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+1 The RCMP clearly lists airsoft replicas of TM quality as prohibited weapons- not legal to import or buy in Canada since 1998
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Old June 25th, 2009, 14:49   #13
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Wrong.

Tys is correct. Of course, people can believe whatever they like if it makes them feel more comfortable about their airsoft transactions.
That's what I thought.

Thanks everybody for clearing this up for me.
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Old June 25th, 2009, 15:11   #14
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If a bunch of people wanted to spend thousands of dollars on toys then play together in secluded areas week after week you would think that the government would consider the revenue, eh? $1000 gun, $100 gst (I'm albertan and so no pst) uniform $100-$300+ gst, gas to get to the feild $20, all the food, water and bbs for one man $20-$30

This looks like a great ressesion killing machine!
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Old June 25th, 2009, 15:46   #15
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The same argument could be used for the firearms lobby. Except 10-100 fold more taxes.

Yeah, that's been working well right up to now for them...
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