"We come back from our meeting with the Minister for Police with bad news.
GEL BLASTERS WILL BE BANNED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA IN THE VERY SHORT TERM (one months’ time or so).
We were aware of this possibility ever since last year. That is why we’ve taken on Gelsoft as the Club’s objectives: to lobby for the sport and help it grow.
The reason for Gel Blasters getting banned is because of WA Police operational concerns regarding their use in crime, the expended resources, such as the Tactical Response Group, responding to Gel Blaster incidents and the concern that “innocent” people with Gel Blasters will be shot by WA Police one day. All of the above concerns are valid and such incidents have happened in various countries around the world with ■■■■■■■ devices. These concerns are also shared at the Federal level where they are also considering the benefit of banning importation of Gel Blasters.
Gel Blasters are not being banned because the Club also has ■■■■■■■ as its objectives, as it has been suggested to us. On the contrary; the Club has been the only organisation lobbying for the sport and representing your interests.
We understand there will be an amnesty period to hand in your Gel Blasters to WA Police, however the details are not yet available.
There is however good news as well. The Minister advised us he is looking at a number of amendments to the Firearms Act and that we will be consulted and given the opportunity to present our cause. The Minister was unable to provide any timeframes though.
What can we all do about this?
As Labor holds majority in both Houses of Parliament the amendment to the Weapons Regulations (where Gel Blasters will be classified as Prohibited Weapons) is highly unlikely to be able to be opposed. You may try to write to your MP, however we do not believe there will be much success.
We will continue lobbying and preparing for when the consultation on the amendment of the Firearms Act comes. This is a critical moment when the entire community needs to come together. WE WILL NEED YOUR SUPPORT! You’ve had a taste of this great sport and now Government is taking it away from you without consultation. We discussed with the Minister the possibility of doing a similar arrangement as South Australia did when they restricted possession of Gel Blasters to licensed firearms owners, however this proposition was rejected for the time being.
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