Recent new laws have taken effect in South Australia on the 8th of October 2020 that mean Gel Blasters are now regulated in the same way as paintball guns and firearms.
Gel Blaster enthusiasts are not happy with this policy and have been protesting these new laws, saying the regulations have affected small businesses that sell these blasters.
What are Gel Blasters?
Gel Blasters (also known as gel guns or gel shooters) are toy guns similar in design to paintball guns that generally shoot a super-absorbent polymer as a projectile.
What are the new laws surrounding Gel Blasters?
These Gel Blasters are now considered a ‘regulated imitation firearm’ under South Australia law. This means that the sale and possession of gel blasters is subject to licensing and controls under the South Australian Firearms Act and its Regulations. Examples of these controls include:
- The operator having the appropriate firearms licence
- The gel blaster must be registered
What should I do if I own a Gel Blaster?
If you currently own a Gel Blaster you will have six months (up until 7 April 2021) to apply for a firearms licence and to register the blaster. Alternatively, you may surrender to police or certain firearms dealers (in South Australia) with the magazine empty and the battery and stock removed.
These new laws come as an important reminder to ensure that firearms licence holders in South Australia comply with the relevant rules and regulations as serious penalties can apply such as a term of imprisonment.
If you have been charged with an offence in relation to firearms you should immediately seek legal representation.
You can benefit from legal assistance to obtain the best possible outcome for you in relation to your charges. Depending on the circumstances of the alleged offending you may have defences available to you or you may have some mitigating circumstance that can be explained to the court in seeking a minimum penalty for you.