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Gel blasters

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.

Amnesty period

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:

  • they have been granted the appropriate firearms licence - Category A (section 4),
  • had the firearm registered, and
  • use is limited to a recognised gel blaster venue which holds the same firearms licence accreditation as a recognised paintball operator.

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.

A person can surrender their gel blaster to a police station or a participating firearms dealer under the following conditions:

  • magazine removed and empty
  • battery removed
  • stock removed (if possible, the battery is often housed in the stock)
  • gel blaster should be carried in a bag or cover to prevent causing concern.

SAPOL will not accept accessories including:

  • Batteries - they are generic, rechargeable and the owner can keep them and do with them what they wish.
  • Battery chargers.
  • Scopes, sights, imitation silencers, muzzle brakes, slings.
  • Fore grips, bipods, tripods.
  • Gel balls.
  • Goggles or protective clothing.
  • Torches (specific torches are sold to fit to the gel blaster.

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Related information

Media release - 12 October 2020

Media release - 7 October 2020