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WR said:You don't understand the term tool;
1.an implement, especially one held in the hand, as a hammer, saw, or file, for performing or facilitating mechanical operations.
2.any instrument of manual operation.
3.the cutting or machining part of a lathe, planer, drill, or similar machine.
4.the machine itself; a machine tool.
5.anything used as a means of accomplishing a task or purpose: Education is a tool for success.
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In your army world a tool is a chainsaw etc, in the law enforcement world it can also be a firearm, baton, OC etc. Just because it is not a term you are used to does not confer that there is a cavalier or unsafe attitude towards firearms. An explanation given to me awhile back was that bad guys use weapons and the good guys use tools.
Thats all well and good and I do understand what you meant by tool, but none of what you wrote overides or nullifies the defintions of a firearm or weapon under Part III of the Criminal Code http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/page-39.html#h-37 specifically sections regarding things like safe storage and handling like sections 86 http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/page-40.html#h-39 , 105 and 107of the CCC http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/page-48.html#h-44 and storage/transport regs of the Firearms Act http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-98-209/page-1.html. You can call them what ever you want if it helps you sleep better at night, at the end of the day they are still firearms/weapons, and should always be treated as such. IMHO from what I have personally seen, is when people in the military haven't treated them in this manner, thats when shyte goes missing and everyone goes into a tailspin trying to track stuff down, luckly in these instance its a paperwork thing or someone went home with a bolt in their pocket (still bad, not as bad as loosing the whole damn gun/rifle).