For the last while we have been noticing alot of crack downs on replica firearms and airsoft guns. One of the principals at one of the local high schools got busted trying to import some airsoft guns that were very close to the firearms that are on the prohibited firearms list (Canada is funny like this)
Paintball it seems is now having some issues right now. The field that is closest to town was raided by the police, the owner had some gear seized, told that he could have been charged under an anti-terrorism act for all the "replica firearms" that he had at the field for sale and could have been arrested on the spot. They did leave the rental markers (Custom 98, BT-4, A-5).
We got in contact with the other field in town and with our suppliers to see what is going on and get the word out.
Our store was just visited by one of the head guys for the officers for the guns and gangs unit. He asked alot of questions regarding the FPS that these shoot at, rate of fire, but was really interested in the ones that look like real firearms (TM-15, TM-7, BT Omega, Tippmann Bravo One, Tiberius T8.1/9.1, Tippmann TiPX, GOG G1, BT Delta Elite, Tippmann X-7 Phenom). He is going to the Crown Attorney about what he finds and is going to inform us of their decision on if it is "legal" to sell paintball markers or at least the ones that look like the real thing locally.
He was a nice guy and didn't know alot regarding paintball and I know with regards to our firearms codes in Canada that it is up to to officer in question on how to interpret the firearms code that these fall under.
Here is where I ask for a hand from TechPB:
I need help here. I like my job and I am willing to fight for it.
Without paintball at our store, we would have closed about 6 years ago. Paintball has been good to me for the last few years and this would be a major blow to the Thunder Bay paintball community.
If there is anyone that can give us a hand or information that can help us, please comment below or PM me
This post has been edited by EgoPossum: 02 December 2011 - 04:28 PM