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."
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