Are you a gel blaster enthusiast in Queensland? If so, you may have heard about the recent changes in the state's laws regarding gel blasters. These changes have sparked confusion and concern among gel blaster owners and players. In this blog post, we will explore the new gel blaster laws in QLD and provide you with the information you need to navigate them.
What are gel blasters?
Before we dive into the new laws, let's first understand what gel blasters are. Gel blasters, also known as gel guns or gel ball shooters, are recreational toy guns that shoot small, water-absorbent gel balls. These gel balls are soft and burst upon impact, making them a safe alternative to traditional airsoft or paintball guns.
What are the new laws?
As of March 2021, the Queensland Government has introduced new laws regulating gel blasters. These laws classify gel blasters as firearms, requiring owners to hold a valid firearms license or a gel blaster license. Additionally, gel blasters must be registered, and owners must comply with storage and transportation requirements.
How to obtain a gel blaster license?
If you wish to own a gel blaster in Queensland, you have two options: obtaining a firearms license or a gel blaster license. To obtain a firearms license, you must meet the eligibility criteria set by the Queensland Police Service. This includes being at least 18 years old, completing a safety course, and passing a background check.
Alternatively, you can apply for a gel blaster license, which is specifically for gel blaster enthusiasts. The gel blaster license has less stringent requirements compared to a firearms license, but it still requires you to be at least 18 years old and pass a background check. You can apply for a gel blaster license through the Queensland Police Service website.
Storage and transportation requirements
Under the new laws, gel blaster owners must comply with specific storage and transportation requirements. Gel blasters must be stored in a locked container or safe when not in use. When transporting gel blasters, they must be concealed in a bag or case that prevents them from being easily accessed.
Penalties for non-compliance
It is crucial to understand that non-compliance with the new gel blaster laws can result in severe penalties. These penalties can include fines, imprisonment, or the cancellation of your firearms or gel blaster license. It is your responsibility as a gel blaster owner to familiarize yourself with the laws and ensure compliance.
The new gel blaster laws in QLD may have caused some confusion and concern among gel blaster enthusiasts. However, by understanding the laws, obtaining the necessary licenses, and complying with storage and transportation requirements, you can continue to enjoy your gel blaster hobby legally and responsibly. Stay informed, stay safe, and continue to have fun with your gel blaster!