From 8 October 2020 gel blasters will be declared as a regulated imitation firearm. The sale and possession of gel blasters will be subject to licencing and control under the Firearms Act 2015 and Firearms Regulations 2017, with a six-month amnesty period.
People with gel blasters will be required to obtain a firearms licence and registration or hand their unauthorised item into a police station within the amnesty period.
Firearms conditions and registration will be the same as for paintball firearms licences and conditions.
The amnesty period is from 8 October 2020 until 7 April 2021.
The amnesty will not allow the use (sighting or firing) of gel blasters in any person’s possession unless in compliance with the regulatory requirements ie:
Firearms Branch is processing applications for Firearms Licences relating to gel blasters as a priority.
During the amnesty period a person who has a gel blaster will be exempt from the Code of Practice for the Security, Storage and Transport of Firearms.
The gel blaster amnesty will allow for the disposal of gel blasters through sale, either to a licensed firearms dealer (in South Australia), or sale to another person or entity interstate. This sale must comply with all relevant laws of the receiving state or territory.
SAPOL will not accept accessories including:
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