There is a logical solution to this vexed problem, but it would require a Government and SAPOL who are prepared to allow people to make their own informed decisions.
There is no reason whatsoever that a gel blaster toy should ever need to be be banned.
What is required is legislation allowing gel blaster use only on private property that is out of view of the general public. This would allow responsible use in the home or in associated gel blaster businesses.
The legislation would make it illegal to display or use a firearm toy replica gel blaster in any public place. If this occurred or a toy was used to commit any offence it would be treated as if it was a real firearm and the perpetrators fully prosecuted through the criminal justice system.
Penalties would be compulsory fines, and/or community service or mandated jail terms, depending on the severity of the situation. There would be absolutely no leniency, if they ‘do the crime they pay the fine or do the time’.
If children are involved they would be prosecuted in the children’s court and their parents also charged and fined accordingly. Make the penalty as harsh as is necessary to stamp out any misuse.
Legislation like this would allow a legal business to continue to import toys and directly employ people, not to mention those indirectly employed in other related industries such as shipping, customs, transport carriers and repairers etc.
Legislation would be a far more cost effective solution for the Government and SAPOL. with far less red tape and unnecessary rules and regulations intruding into people’s private lives.