15 July QPS memorandum

All Gel Blaster importers will be required to provide the following information –
Specific quantity of what they are importing i.e. 100 x Whatever.

Example - if the importer is wanting to bring in 500 different types of Gel Blaster then they will have to provide a breakdown of that 300 i.e. 100 x M4A1 Gen 8 (Jin Ming) Machine Gun / 100 x AK47 Machine Gun / 100 x M82A1 Barrett Sniper Rifle.

The make and model of what the importing i.e. M4A1 Gen 8 (Jin Ming) Machine Gun or AK47 Machine Gun or M82A1 Barrett Sniper Rifle. We are NOT concerned about how you describe the Gel Blaster as long as there is the make and model type of it mentioned.

Due to the logistics involved with businesses having to provide an image of what you are importing you will NO LONGER be required to provide an image of the Gel Blaster. Weapons Licensing has obtained an exhaustive list of Gel Blaster make and models. Australian Boarder Force and Weapons Licensing will refer to this list when looking at the Gel Blasters you are importing. If however you are wanting to import a Gel Blaster that is NOT on this list then we will ask you to provide an image of that item.
Once again this will only affect import applications made after 21/06/2019. All imports applications made prior to this date will be treated as per normal. If you have already provide an image with your import application then it is greatly appreciated.

From Thursday 1st of August 2019
If an Email address is included on the B709 application, Weapons Licensing will be Emailing Australian Border Force (ABF) and the importer a copy of their approved B709 Import Permit. PLEASE NOTE you should regularly check your Email ‘Junk Mail’ for any correspondence sent by Weapons Licensing.

The original approved B709 Import Permit will be posted directly to ABF by Weapons Licensing.
If an Email address is NOT included on the B709 application, the original approved B709 Import Permit will be posted to the importer’s postal address nominated on the B709 application.

Please remember you have until Sunday 1st of September 2019, to be part of an association or form an association for Gel Blasters. At this stage, two associations have been formed –
Airsoft Gelball Paintball Association of Australia Inc (AGPAA) which is being co-ordinated by Roth BRENNAN who can be contact by Treasurerofagpaa@gmail.com and
Gel Ball Association QLD which is being co-ordinated by Nathan KIRBY who can be contacted on 0498 246 431 or president.gelballqld@outlook.com

The first meeting to be held with Weapons Licensing and the newly formed Gel Blaster Associations will be on Friday 6th of September 2019.

There is still no official date for when the STOP and Think campaign will be released however you are more than welcome to advise your customers of the following:

  • S - Safety aspects of possessing a Gel Blaster
    Safety glasses and full-length clothing should be worn when firing a Gel Blaster.
    If possible, those using a Gel Blaster should use designated event fields for activities
    Advise your neighbours when using a Gel Blaster on private property. People seeing a Gel Blaster and not knowing it is not a real firearm can become alarmed and will contact police.
    Permission should always be sought from another person when discharging a Gel Blaster at them
    Modifying Gel Blasters giving it the capacity to fire a gel ball at a rate faster than its manufactured specifications

  • T - The Legislation relevant to Gel Blasters
    It is NOT an offence to import / possess or use a Gel Blaster in QLD
    There are no age restrictions on possessing a Gel Blaster in QLD.
    There are no legal restrictions on the storage of Gel Blasters in QLD.
    The sale, possession and use of Gel Blasters is unregulated and unmonitored in QLD.
    It is an offence to modify a Gel Blaster if it has the capacity to fire ammunition as defined in the Explosive Regulations 2017
    You do not need a weapons licence to possess a Gel Blaster. Gel Blasters are not a category of weapon under the Weapons Categories Regulations 1997.
    You cannot use a Gel Blaster on a Paint Pellet shooting gallery when Paint Balls are in use.
    You are not authorised to possess a Gel Blaster in any other State or Territory other than Queensland and South Australian. Each region possesses its own policies relevant to Gel Blasters.

  • O - Offences for misusing a Gel Blaster
    Being in a public place and misusing a Gel Blaster
    You could be charged with Section 6(2), ‘Commit Public Nuisance’ from Summary Offences Act 2005
    You could be charged with Section 57(2), ‘Particular conduct involving a weapon in a public place prohibited’ from Weapons Act 1990
    You could be charged with Section 58(2), ‘Dangerous conduct with weapon prohibited generally’ from Weapons Act 1990
    Unlawfully entering onto someone else’s land to use a Gel Blasters
    You could be charged with Section 11, ‘Trespass’ from Summary Offences Act 2005
    Using a Gel Blaster on another person without permission and causing them injury
    You could be charged with Section 15(2), ‘Possession of implement in relation to particular offences’ from Summary Offences Act 2005
    You could be charged with Section 339(1), ‘Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm’ from Criminal Code
    You could be charged with Section 320(1), ‘Grievous Bodily Harm’ from Criminal Code
    Shooting animals with a Gel Blaster
    You could be charged with Section 18(2), ‘Animal Cruelty prohibited’ from Animal Care and Protection Act 2001
    Causing fear by publicly showcasing a Gel Blaster
    You could be charged with Section 69(1), ‘Going armed to cause fear’ from the Criminal Code
    Threatening violence towards someone whilst using a Gel Blaster
    You could be charged with Section 75, ‘Threatening Violence - Discharge firearms’ from Criminal Code
    Pointing a Gel Blaster at another person who believes the toy is a real weapon
    You could be charged with Section 335(1), ‘Common Assault’ from Criminal Code
    Taking property from someone whilst using a Gel Blaster
    You could be charged with Section 411(1), ‘Robbery’ from Criminal Code
    You could be charged with Section 419(1), ‘Enter Dwelling and Commit an Indictable Offence’ from Criminal Code

  • P - Penalties for misusing a Gel Blaster
    Section 6(2), from Summary Offences Act 2005 - If found guilty you may be required to pay 10 penalty units or receive 6 months imprisonment.
    Section 11(2), from Summary Offences Act 2005 - If found guilty you may be required to pay 20 penalty units or receive 1 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 15(2), from Summary Offences Act 2005 - If found guilty you may be required to pay 20 penalty units or receive 1 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 18(2), from Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 - If found guilty you may be required to pay 2000 penalty units or receive 3 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 57(2), from Weapons Act 1990 - If found guilty you may be required to pay 40 penalty units or receive 6 months imprisonment.
    Section 58(2), from Weapons Act 1990 - If found guilty you may be required to pay 200 penalty units or receive 4 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 69(1), from the Criminal Code - If found guilty you may receive 2 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 75, ‘Threatening Violence - Discharge firearms’ from Criminal Code - If found guilty you may receive 2 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 320(1), ‘Grievous Bodily Harm’ from Criminal Code - If found guilty you may receive 14 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 335(1), ‘Common Assault’ from Criminal Code - If found guilty you may receive 3 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 339(1), ‘Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm’ from Criminal Code - If found guilty you may receive 7 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 411(1), ‘Robbery’ from Criminal Code - If found guilty you may receive 14 year’s imprisonment.
    Section 419(1), ‘Enter Dwelling and Commit an Indictable Offence’ from Criminal Code - If found guilty you may receive 14 year’s imprisonment.

Please be mindful that if you have furnished information similar to what I have outlined you do not have permission to use the QPS logo to advertise your material.
Thank you,

Tony TATKOVICH
A/Sergeant – 4013543
Weapons Licensing
Queensland Police Service

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Hello,

thank you for sharing the info, I have been researching for a little bit now and not been able to find anything as comprehensive as this.

With ref. to this line, Please remember you have until Sunday 1st of September 2019, to be part of an association or form an association for Gel Blasters. At this stage what impact does that have on the B709 permit?

I am putting in a request to import 10 gel blasters, do you have any tips on how to get it across the line?

thanks
Foad

But no one is importing machine g_ns? They will be importing toys? Toys which do not fall under the firearms act?

I import radio control helicopters. Do I need to get them certified by CASA and have each one registered with CASA and have to have a medical and hold a current helicopter license?

No, because they are toys?

Toys are not and can not be classified as a real fire arm… and toys are not mentioned in the firearms act.

Saying you have a Gn in your pocket in order to rob someone is a fire arms crime. Putting your hand in your pocket making it look like you have a Gn (and saying “Bend over, this is a stick up”) is also a fire arms offence… neither have anything to do with toy gel blasters… but gel blasters need a permit to import? Then toy shops should have to get permits to import cap g*uns and cowboy and Indian sets?

Or, is it just Gel Blasters that are too evil to be let imported willy nilly?

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Yeah, its bloody ridiculous really.
There used to be a good cap g*n online shop in Australia, forgot which city now… I bought several items from them. But I think largely due to the stupid imitation laws that were more recently introduced, this store closed a few years ago. Pity, they had good quality stuff too…

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SA has also stopped reviewing the B709 permit while they seek legal council

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quick question, does it cost money to get a import licence? if so how much please.

@TM_Sergei
It’s an import permit not a licence and you need a new one for each time you want to import a blaster, and its free.
https://www.police.qld.gov.au/weapon-licensing/Gel-Blasters

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oh, sweet, thanks @Rattler.

When applying for a import permit what do you put in this section?

Authority

  1. *I am providing
    Weapons Licence Number
    Other Lawful Authority

@watoom just put your drivers license or other gov issued photo ID