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Jeff Kauffeldt




Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 5:59 am    Post subject: Maces in Canada....Legal or not?         Reply with quote

Just wondering if anyone here knows if maces are legal to own in Canada. I know flails aren't but I'm curious if Canada Customs would be able to tell the two apart. I know warhammers are O.K. since I have a few.
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Max Chouinard




Location: Quebec, Qc
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 9:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure they are. The local sword shop carries them, some years ago the owner was arrested for selling flails (he did not knew the regulations, an officer told him he would check for it and come back to inform him if it was legal, never came back but other policemen came and arrested the owner...) but they never said anything about his maces.
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Mackenzie Cosens




Location: Vancouver Canada
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 10:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi,

A quick google brought up a couple of articles that may help. It is my understanding that flails are illegal because they are flexible weapons which I believe are specifically prohibited by law. A mace is not flexible so does not fit that prohibited category. Both articles mention "morning stars" specifically, then go on to describe a spike ball on the end of chain on the end of a stick - or a flail. My guess is that "morning stars" are specifically named in the legislation. So I bet any lovely oak two handed club with a big spike in one end than happens to be called morning star on a invoice, in English or French, will not cross the border but calling it a "Goedendag" might just get it through.


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Peter Cowan




Location: Nelson,British Columbia,Canada
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Dec, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: RE;maces in Canada         Reply with quote

Jeff, I bought a mace from A&A last year and I had no trouble at all. Axes, spears, swords all seem to be no problem except flails which are a prohibited weapon.
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