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Bill C-21

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On February 16, 2021, Bill C-21 was submitted to Parliament for first reading. 

Bill C-21 is an amendment to the current firearms legislation in Canada with the intention of grouping most Airsoft guns as prohibited devices:

 

"Certain firearms deemed to be prohibited devices

(3.‍2) For the purposes of sections 99 to 101, 103 to 107 and 117.‍03, a firearm is deemed to be a prohibited device if

(a) it is proved that the firearm is not designed or adapted to discharge a shot, bullet or other projectile at a muzzle velocity exceeding 152.‍4 m per second or at a muzzle energy exceeding 5.‍7 Joules; and

(b) the firearm is designed or intended to exactly resemble, or to resemble with near precision, a firearm, other than an antique 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."

 

In layman terminology, this means Airsoft guns that looks like real firearms are prohibited devices if they shoot under 500 FPS.

If the Airsoft gun shoots above 500 FPS, it is classified as a replica firearm (also prohibited):

 

"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)."

 

If Bill C-21 is passed, we will lose Airsoft as a hobby, and thousands will lose their jobs and businesses in an already volatile economic environment due to the pandemic. Airsoft has been a safe sport in Canada for decades and our sport should not be used to push any political agenda. 

We need our voices heard, and the only way is to let our MPs know that we do not support Bill C-21. Find your representing MPs HERE. Let them know the truth that Bill C-21 will not increase public safety or gun awareness, instead it will take away a sport that has been safe for decades, and destroy its entire market and communities. 

Once again we urge everyone to speak or write to their MPs. Together, we may have a fighting chance.

 

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