The dangers of non-powder firearms

  • Brandi A. Chrismas University of Manitoba
  • Jack Powles University of Manitoba
Keywords: Guns, replica firearms, air-powered weapons, firearms safety, community safety


Non-powder weapons have become a persistent threat in today’s society. They are found outside of competitive sports at an increasing rate, being misused among young individuals, and have emerged in Canadian criminal activity. In some cases, misuse of these weapons has led to death or serious injuries. Individual and community safety are at risk when fake firearms are in the hands of criminals, as they can be altered to look and perform like real firearms. They are a particular challenge for law enforcement, who cannot be expected to distinguish fake firearms from real ones under stress. This research found fake firearms to be easily accessible and the regulations around their security and control sorely lacking and often resisted. Education regarding non-powder firearms was also found to be inadequate, when it exists at all. Awareness, education and further regulation are needed to help focus on these issues. This research concludes that it would be beneficial to treat non-powder weapons like real firearms in every aspect: storage, transportation, and handling.

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Author Biographies

Brandi A. Chrismas, University of Manitoba
Graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Sociology degree and now working for the Winnipeg Police Service as an Auxiliary Force Cadet.
Jack Powles, University of Manitoba
Graduated fromt he University of Manitoba with an undergraduate degree in Criminology, and now currently working on being admitted to law school.
How to Cite
Chrismas, B. A., & Powles, J. (2019). The dangers of non-powder firearms. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 4(1), 13-17.
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