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Old 10-22-2011, 04:14 AM
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Canada Border Services Agency says it plans to step up inspections of future imports of BB guns after it allowed hundreds of replica AK-47s into the country — toys police now fear could easily be converted into prohibited assault rifles.

The RCMP last week conducted numerous raids on gun shops and online retailers in Ontario, B.C. and Quebec seizing sales records and toy BB guns imported from China, made with real parts. Investigators believe the metal 'receiver' or body of the guns are authentic and banned in Canada and could easily be fitted with new bolts and barrels to turn them into functioning semi-automatic weapons.

CBSA spokesperson Luc Nadon told CBC News in an email Thursday that the agency allowed the shipments into Canada relying on the importers description of the BB guns. But Nadon admitted officials didn’t actually inspect the crates as they entered the country.

"Most BB guns are exempted from registration and licensing requirement under the Firearms Act and are generally not prohibited from being imported," Nadon wrote. "Regarding the shipment in question … the CBSA assessed the importer's description of the shipment against the RCMP's firearms database [of banned weapons] and found that there was no reason to believe that this shipment was anything other than a normal BB gun. Therefore, the shipment was cleared to enter Canada."

Nadon also said that a large volume of goods cross the border every day and that while the agency assesses all shipments, "it cannot physically inspect every shipment."

"We rely on a robust risk assessment approach, including advance shipment info, info from partners both in the trade chain and law enforcement, and due diligence of our officers to prevent the entry of high risk goods," he said.

CBSA says it is working closely with the RCMP to ensure future shipments of BB guns will be examined more closely. It's unclear whether the guns allowed in were properly documented or whether the items inside the shipping crates matched the paperwork.

It's also unclear whether the BB guns allowed into Canada have always been banned, or whether the RCMP has only recently decided they pose a threat to public safety.

The RCMP won't talk about its ongoing investigation but says it intends to issue an advisory to police forces and arms dealers about potential concerns regarding the BB guns.

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Old 10-22-2011, 09:29 AM
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Man alive....that reminds me of a trip to Northern Ontario several years ago. I was travelling with a friend, we were headed to Golden Eagle Camp near Elk Lake. He was hunting bear, I was hunting moose. We were passing through Canadian customs and our gear was being checked--I had a longbow, my buddy had a recurve. My customs official was a guy, his was a lady.

My guy was cool, his asked him if his recurves was a "semi-automatic". I think the only thing that saved our butts was the two male customs officials cracked up too--we all got the stink-eye from the lady, but were allowed to go on without a delay.

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Old 10-22-2011, 09:38 AM
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Man alive....that reminds me of a trip to Northern Ontario several years ago. I was travelling with a friend, we were headed to Golden Eagle Camp near Elk Lake. He was hunting bear, I was hunting moose. We were passing through Canadian customs and our gear was being checked--I had a longbow, my buddy had a recurve. My customs official was a guy, his was a lady.

My guy was cool, his asked him if his recurves was a "semi-automatic". I think the only thing that saved our butts was the two male customs officials cracked up too--we all got the stink-eye from the lady, but were allowed to go on without a delay.

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That is beyond stupid. You would have to make some sort of childhood commitment to remain that ignorant all the way into adulthood.
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:53 AM
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Wow. I just read both of these stories and that is the only thing that comes to mind is Wow. Just how stupid can you be. Not knowing a bow is one shot at a time and a bb gun is now lethal and can be converted to a semiautomatic firearm. They must not realize that you can build a 12 gauge out of steel pipe and a little ingenuity if they are that scared of a bb gun being converted they should ban steel pipe to while they are at it.
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:49 PM
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Nothing new about the BB gun thing. Many manufacturers use the same upper or lower receivers as AR style rifles. There are many paintball guns that are easily convertible to actual AR rifles if you replace certain parts on them.

I remember a big stink being made about paintball rifles years ago now. Same deal. In the end, not a big deal.

With the tiny fraction of crimes that are committed using rifles in general you wonder why anyone even bothers to worry about it. It's not even a full percent of crimes in most years. People use handguns because they can conceal them, and the ammo is dirt cheap for them. It's what a criminal strives for. That's what they say, and that is what the numbers prove to be true.
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Old 10-22-2011, 05:06 PM
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Some folks have been taught all their lives that guns are the boogeyman, and never learn the facts.

I live out in the country. A mile or less down the road, there's a family farm, and a few years ago they decided to make the place an attraction--have a kind of "petting zoo" with a couple of sheep, some turkeys, pigs, etc., a corn maze, a hay ride of sorts, and serve things like cornbread and pinto beans. I thought it was the craziest thing I'd ever heard of--who in their right mind would drive out here, much less pay admission, to see some farm animals and ride through a corn field????? It's only open for the month of October, and the place is packed every Saturday and often has school groups through the week. I didn't realize how many kids get no exposure to the things I grew up with.

Point being, guns are the same way. Exotic to so many folks, something they only read about and would never touch. City living is cheating a lot of people out of life experience.

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