I was not sure where to put this but I would like to spread awareness of this issue as far as possible (Admins please move it elsewhere if this is not the spot).
SA Police (SAPOL) have issued a blanket ban on the approval of new B709 import permits for business owners. What this means is no new shipments can be arranged as vendors have to file for a permit every time they bring in a shipment. Now there could be a lot of reasons why they are not approving new B709 permits the issue is that they are stonewalling applicants & not saying much.
One of the Gel Blaster Industry advocates has been trying to help retailers stuck without permits. And the Issue he now has is that SAPOL have basically told him that the reason they have stopped processing B709 permits is because they are under review. The issue stemming from this is that SAPOL are there to enforce current laws and regulation. Under current laws there is absolutely no reason these B709’s should not be processed as for any changes to be implemented there is a much bigger political process to undertake.
Reading between the lines it seems SAPOL is sneakily taking a similar line to what Queensland police have done recently and trying to recategorise or ban gel blasters in SA without following correct political process. This is re-enforced by the rumour that discussion about stopping B709’s in SA has been going on behind closed doors since October 2019.
I love this sport & I really do not want it banned, restricted or liscenced (I already hold a firearms licence but I know such a measure will kill the sport).
So I urge any of you that may be concerned by potential changes to the sport/hobby we all enjoy to join this group: Gel Blasters Association of Australia Group - South Australian Discussion
and get involved as soon as possible. Full disclosure this group is a subgroup of the Gel Blaster association of Australia created by them to help SA Gel Ballers come together to try and stop any changes just as they did in QLD.