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    Airsoft = Replicas?

    As I understood it the provision in C-21 that would have made Airsoft "guns" that looked like real firearms prohibited, died when the bill failed to pass before the election.

    While researching stuff on regular airguns I came across the the RCMP website ... https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firear...es-firearms#rf

    which contained the following ...

    Air guns that are replica firearms

    These are air guns not powerful enough to cause serious injury or death, but designed to resemble a real firearm with near precision. Replica firearms, except for replicas of antique firearms, are classified as prohibited devices.

    In particular, some air guns commonly known as air soft guns may fall into this category. These are devices that have a low muzzle velocity and muzzle energy, and that usually discharge projectiles made out of a substance such as plastic or wax rather than metal.

    An airsoft gun, firing a .20g 6mm plastic pellet with a muzzle velocity below 111.6 m/s (366 fps), and resembling with near precision an existing make and model of a firearm, other than an antique firearm, is a replica firearm and therefore a prohibited device.


    Did the Liberals pass some other bill with this provision? Or is the RCMP again making laws?

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    Well, considering that most airsoft guns did not even exist before the current 1995 firearms act came into effect, I would say that there should not be any in the country legally anyhow as CBSA would not have let them in. I think you are right in that the RCMP is at their old trick of making rulings on their on wants as they did like people buying and owning anything that looks even remotely like a AR or any other banned real guns. I wonder when they will go after toy ones like these ones that are easy to buy in Canada -


    https://www.halloweencostumes.ca/toy...chine-gun.html

    https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product...-blue/12070156

    https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/Mini-To...RD154I6IWKP95D

    https://www.amazon.ca/Automatic-Elec...s%2C61&sr=1-33

    https://www.amazon.ca/Blaster-Automa...9DKGV3D6&psc=1

    https://www.halloweencostumes.ca/acc...tommy-gun.html

    https://www.halloweencostumes.ca/toy...chine-gun.html

    https://www.halloweencostumes.ca/des...rm-pistol.html

    https://www.cabelas.ca/product/90212...-airsoft-rifle

    https://www.cabelas.ca/product/90209...-accessory-kit
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    The law is Canada Border Services Agency "Memorandum D19-13-2"
    There's a section in there about Replica Firearms. It talks about things like no real firearm has transparent or translucent parts, so anything that has transparent or translucent parts is not a replica and therefore not prohibited simply for being a replica.
    If they shoot a projectile, they still have to meet that narrow energy/velocity range limit, the lesser side of which is prohibited, and the greater side of which is a Firearms Act firearm that requires a licence.

    See the section titled
    47. “Replica firearm”
    on page 16 of
    in https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publicat...9-13-2-eng.pdf


    Obviously there's the Criminal Code and Regulations as well, but the Memorandum does a better job explaining it all in one place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RangeBob View Post
    The law is Canada Border Services Agency "Memorandum D19-13-2"
    There's a section in there about Replica Firearms. It talks about things like no real firearm has transparent or translucent parts, so anything that has transparent or translucent parts is not a replica and therefore not prohibited simply for being a replica.
    If they shoot a projectile, they still have to meet that narrow energy/velocity range limit, the lesser side of which is prohibited, and the greater side of which is a Firearms Act firearm that requires a licence.

    See the section titled
    47. “Replica firearm”
    on page 16 of
    in https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publicat...9-13-2-eng.pdf


    Obviously there's the Criminal Code and Regulations as well, but the Memorandum does a better job explaining it all in one place.
    Look at my attached links above and none are transparent or translucent (well maybe one is partly).

    This is just one of them -





    And another -





    https://www.camouflage.ca/colt-m4-cq...soft-aeg-rifle


    The Colt M4 CQB-R is a fully licensed 1:1 replica Colt airsoft rifle, modeled after the real steel M4. The 350-round high-capacity magazine allows for extended shooting sessions and cuts down on constant reloading. This highly realistic rifle is (a replica of) a favourite among the U.S. military and counterterrorism tactical forces around the world. The package includes an 8.4V NiMH battery, wall charger, and two hi-cap magazines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M1917 Enfield View Post
    Look at my attached links above and none are transparent or translucent (well maybe one is partly).
    They don't have to be transparent/translucent. Transparent/translucent is not a requirement for airsoft.
    Merely if they are, then it's a good sign for legality re 'replica'.

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    It smells more like RCMP putting the cart before the horse ... The language is awfully close to that related tp C-21 ...

    From the Public Security web pages re: C-21 https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/c...ms/c21-en.aspx

    Ensure mid-velocity 'replica' firearms are prohibited

    Update the Criminal Code to ensure that any device, including an unregulated airgun that looks exactly like a conventional regulated firearm (i.e., shoots over 500 feet per second), is prohibited for the purposes of import, export, sale and transfer.


    The the C-21 pages themselves ... https://parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/43.../first-reading


    1 (1) The definition replica firearm in subsection 84(1) of the Criminal Code is replaced by the following:
    replica firearm means any device that is designed or intended to exactly resemble, or to resemble with near precision, a firearm that is designed or adapted to discharge a shot, bullet or other projectile at a muzzle velocity exceeding 152.*4 m per second and at a muzzle energy exceeding 5.*7 Joules, and that itself is not a firearm, but does not include any such device that is designed or intended to exactly resemble, or to resemble with near precision, an antique firearm; (réplique)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangeBob View Post
    They don't have to be transparent/translucent. Transparent/translucent is not a requirement for airsoft.
    Merely if they are, then it's a good sign for legality re 'replica'.
    How are these "currently" legal replica airsoft M4's that are sold in Canada?







    Maybe they will make a good replacement for all those previously legal AR-15 owners who still want an AR.
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    Ok, took a bit of re-reading .... if it shoots at 365fps or less it is a replica, so from 366fps to 499fps, it is 'unregulated' ... that is the 'mid-velocity' range that C-21 was going to prohibit, I get it now.

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