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Gel blasters

The Firearms Regulations 2017 were amended on 15 April 2021 to define any gel blaster firearm as a Category A paint-ball firearm.

Any person in possession of a gel blaster firearm must possess a category 4 (paint-ball shooting) firearms licence and the gel blaster firearm must be registered as a firearm with a serial number.

Firearms Licences

Persons with pending firearms licence applications submitted on or prior to 7 April 2021 may continue to possess unregistered gel blaster firearms, but not use, possess publicly or dispose of the firearm unlawfully. These firearms licence applicants must ensure they comply with the general duty to prevent loss or theft of the firearm, refer to section 5 of Schedule 1, Firearms Regulations 2017. Once a firearm licence is approved, all security requirements are to be adhered to by that licensed person.

Any person refused a firearms licence or who has not applied for a firearms licence prior to 7 April 2021is committing an offence if in possession of a firearm, including a gel blaster firearm. The opportunity to sell or trade the gel blaster firearm while unlicensed has passed.

The declared amnesty specific to gel blaster firearms has expired, however Section 64 of the Firearms Act 2015 provides for a general amnesty for any firearm, this includes gel blaster firearms. See Firearms Amnesty for more details.

Disposal of Gel Blaster Firearms

The declared amnesty specific to gel blaster firearms has expired, however Section 64 of the Firearms Act 2015 provides for a general amnesty for any firearm, this includes gel blaster firearms. See Firearms Amnesty for more details.

A person can surrender their gel blaster firearms 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 firearms should be carried in a bag or cover to prevent causing concern.

SAPOL will not accept gel blaster firearm accessories including:

  • batteries - they are generic, rechargeable and multipurpose
  • battery chargers
  • scopes, sights, imitation silencers, muzzle brakes, slings
  • fore grips, bipods, tripods
  • gel balls
  • goggles or protective clothing
  • torches
Frequently asked questions

What training is required for a person to be a licensed gel blaster firearm owner?

TAFE SA is offering a three hour course, ‘Firearm Paintball and Gel Blaster Course’ which commenced on 18 November 2020. This course is only for Category A firearms used in Licence Category 4 – paint-ball shooting. Check with TAFE SA for pricing details.

What kind of firearms can I have with a gel blaster firearms licence?

If you obtain a Category 4 (paint-ball shooting) licence for Category A firearms, you can only possess paint-ball or gel blaster firearms. It is possible to have multiple category licenses, but this is only for persons attaining the recognised training and conditions.

Can gel blaster firearms be secured differently to other firearms?

Gel blaster firearms will require the same storage as a Category A paint-ball firearm.

  • 1-19 gel blaster firearms and paint-ball firearms require a level 1 or other prescribed safe
  • 20 or more gel blaster firearms and paint-ball firearms require a level 2 safe and CCTV or an alarm system

Firearms owners are required to take all reasonable precautions to prevent the firearm from being lost or stolen or coming into the possession of an unauthorised person.

Does the magazine capacity impact the category of gel blaster firearm?

For a registered gel blaster firearm, no, the magazine capacity will not categorise the gel blaster firearm. A gel blaster firearm is Category A. The legislated definition of a paint-ball firearm is amended to include gel blaster firearms and other similar products.

Can I use the gel blaster firearm in public?

No. The gel blaster firearm can only be used in certified venues.

How long does it take to get a licence?

A specific time-frame cannot be determined for this. Gel blaster firearm licenses are receiving priority.

Who can do gel blaster firearm repairs?

Individuals can work on their own firearms and venue operators can work on the business’ firearms stock (those available for hire). Any business performing repairs on gel blaster firearms for commercial gain is required to hold a firearms dealers licence.

How do I deactivate my gel blaster firearm?

Gel blaster firearms cannot permanently be deactivated.  Without the permanency of deactivation, the gel blaster firearm cannot be listed as deactivated. Regular deactivated firearms still require licensing and registration.

Do I need qualifications as a gunsmith to work on gel blaster firearms?

You do need to be a licensed firearms dealer to commercially operate as a person repairing gel blaster firearms. You do not need to be a qualified gunsmith.

What can be sold by an unlicensed dealer?

Parts that are interchangeable and readily available in general stores. For example, the o-ring is available in any hardware store and can be sold, but the plastic firearm shaped outer cover of gel blaster firearm has no other purpose than to make the receiver look like a firearm and can only be sold by a licensed dealer.