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    "Santa" gave my 8 year old girl a pink "Red Ryder bb gun" for Christmas last year. If I take her our for some grouse, can she legally carry that gun if I have a shotgun or .22 with me?

    Not sure if it matters but fps is somewhere around 350 and there would be no intent on her trying to kill something with it (but don't tell her that)
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    Probably not if you follow the letter of the law but I can see what you are trying to do with some daddy daughter hunting adventures. It would likely be up to the discretion of the CO if you were to run in to him.

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    We spent many hours trying to kill grouse with our old Red Riders but were never successful. Good practice for finally getting a real gun. Since it is only 350fps it can't be classed as a real gun as long as she doesn't try to herd them for you without a licence.

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    Shot my first grouse with a Red Rider, when I was about her age.

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    I thought it might be a nice way to get her started, I'd just feel empty handed if I didn't bring the .410 out as well. Thought about just the .410 between us but I want her to be able to carry her little RR....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 300Sniper View Post
    "Santa" gave my 8 year old girl a pink "Red Ryder bb gun" for Christmas last year. If I take her our for some grouse, can she legally carry that gun if I have a shotgun or .22 with me?

    Not sure if it matters but fps is somewhere around 350 and there would be no intent on her trying to kill something with it (but don't tell her that)
    Letter of the law is quite clear on this if you think your hunting than your hunting so no she can't carry that BB gun. Think this is one of those teachable moment times. Hunting has a set of rules and laws that need to be followed. Ignoring them for your own self interest doesn't set a good precedent. When she becomes an apprentice how do you explain why only 1 gun now? Started going out with my dad around 8 also best I could carry was a stick however didn't diminish my time out. Proudest day of my hunting memories was the day I turned 15 got my license and was able to carry a gun and hunt. I appreciated your intentions are as wholesome as it can get however its a bigger picture thing.
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    Under Federal regulations its not considered a firearm but under the Provincial F&W Conservation Act for the purposes of hunting it is.
    Therefore an 8 yr old cannot carry it. If you know the local CO personally I'd make the phone call first, keeping in mind that he could not come out and say, "Sure, go ahead" but he might hint he'd turn a blind eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    Under Federal regulations its not considered a firearm but under the Provincial F&W Conservation Act for the purposes of hunting it is.
    Therefore an 8 yr old cannot carry it. If you know the local CO personally I'd make the phone call first, keeping in mind that he could not come out and say, "Sure, go ahead" but he might hint he'd turn a blind eye.

    I don't know. Why would one put a CO in a compromising position? Isn't that what a dads for too make the tough call?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    Under Federal regulations its not considered a firearm but under the Provincial F&W Conservation Act for the purposes of hunting it is.
    Therefore an 8 yr old cannot carry it. If you know the local CO personally I'd make the phone call first, keeping in mind that he could not come out and say, "Sure, go ahead" but he might hint he'd turn a blind eye.
    He might,but,what are the odds of running into another CO with a vastly different opinion? I wouldn't chance it. The very last thing anyone needs is a bad experience with a youngster,right? IMHO,this is one of those times that need to be played right down the middle.
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    I would not hesitate in letting my boy tote his red rider if were out for hunt, which he has many times. All COs I have met were reasonable people and understand that a BB gun is not actually used to take game. Just my take on the topic.

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