Bill C-21 Bans Airsoft Guns…

You read right but first, I messed up my analogy. Here’s what I meant to say:

“You can’t shoot that airsoft gun in case you hit someone and potentially give them a slight bruise 6mm in diameter. Here, use a .303 British Lee Enfield rifle. That way, if you do accidentally hit anyone, at least they won’t feel it because they’ll be dead.”

Anyone who wants to get into airsoft better do it now as they may never get a chance too. At least, owning a personal airsoft gun.

Here’s what I wrote to Erin O’Toole:

I am writing to urge and ask Mr. O’Toole to protect airsoft gun owners as in Bill C-21 (, the Liberal’s have included the following:

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.
– Current owners may keep their ‘replicas’ but cannot transfer them to anyone else.
– No further ‘replica’ firearms could be imported into, or sold/transferred in Canada.
– This amendment does not affect other types of airguns that do not exactly replicate a conventional regulated firearm.

I am not a harsh critic of Canada’s firearms laws in general but I do note a problem with this clause. First, it targets a vibrant recreational community of target and competitive shooters who prefer low velocity airguns for safety. A good many businesses in Ontario depend on the sale of these guns and thousands of law abiding enthusiasts use them safely every day.

I am an RPAL holder so I could very much purchase some of the real handguns or rifles of the airsoft guns I have but I choose not to own a real handgun or long gun (even if AR’s were still legal). This law would make the purchase of a safe and inexpensive alternative (an airsoft gun, for example, which shoots a plastic BB at below 400 fps) impossible. This does not seem reasonable — why would we enact a law that makes it easier to buy a real firearm than a replica that has an entrenched recreational use and is safer to use?

This kind of overreach seems ill-considered. Our laws should at least make sense and ideally it would not cause the demise of a whole entertainment sector (look up airsoft fields sometime) just to make some people feel safer without actually making them safer in the slightest.

Please vote against this bill or at least work to have it revised to leave safe, consensual play and a safer alternative to a firearm (paintball is more hazardous and causes worse injuries) out of the line of fire.


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