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Victoria's Gel Blaster laws change yet again!

October 05, 2021
Victoria's Gel Blaster laws change yet again!

Recently some further apparent legislation changes have gone through in Victoria regarding gel blaster ownership, buying and selling.  As a result we can no longer ship any gel blasters to any one in Victoria with any license, it seems that even the prior required Replica firearm collectors license and membership to the Militaria collectors guide is now no longer sufficient.

To ensure this isn't misconstrued here is the direct link to the VicPol Industry News page, scroll down to the the Other news section:

https://www.police.vic.gov.au/firearms-industry-news

But to save you the click, here is a direct Quote from the Vicpol Website linked above, please note links within the quote below may now work:

GEL BLASTERS

Until recently, we have classified gel blasters and similar devices depending on the way the device operates. This means that if you were unlawfully found in possession of a gel blaster, a police officer could charge you with firearm or imitation firearm offences depending on how the gel blaster worked. 

We have now made the decision to regulate gel blasters and similar devices that have the appearance of an operable firearm as imitation firearms under the Control of Weapons Act 1990. This means if you are found in possession of gel blasters that have the appearance of an operable firearm, you will be charged with possession of an imitation firearm. 

To learn more about what this means and see definitions on imitation firearms, visit our Firearms licensing page

FAQs

I would like to purchase a gel blaster. Is it illegal?

Gel blasters that have the appearance of an operable firearm are now classified as imitation firearms under the Control of Weapons Act 1990. To lawfully possess an imitation firearm in Victoria, a Chief Commissioner’s Prohibited Weapons Approval must be obtained. However, the Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) do not issue approvals for gel blasters and similar devices as there is no genuine reason to possess them. 

The LRD advise Victorian’s not to purchase gel ball blasters because if you are found in possession of this device(s), you could be charged with imitation firearm offences.

I currently have a gel blaster in my possession what do I do?

If you are in possession of a gel blaster that has the appearance of an operable firearm then you will need to dispose of it to a police station. You can do this by contacting your local police station and arranging a time to bring the gel blaster in. You must ensure that when you transport the gel blaster, you do so in a way that does not cause alarm.

If you are unsure if your gel blaster resembles an operable firearm or a toy firearm, please refer to the:

I already hold a Chief Commissioner’s Prohibited Weapons Approval for imitation firearms can I own, buy or sell a gel blaster under my current approval?

No. Your weapons approval would need to be approved for the reason of owning, selling and using a gel blaster that has the appearance of an operable firearm. The LRD do not issue approvals for the use of gel blasters as there is no genuine reason to possess a gel blaster or similar devices in Victoria. For this reason, individuals or wholesalers can only own, buy and sell the imitation firearms specific to the reason approved by the LRD. You would have also received a letter informing you of a special condition excluding gel blasters, that now applies to your approval. This condition means that if you are found to be in possession of a gel blaster, you will be committing an offence under the Control of Weapons Act 1990. 

I am covered under a Governor in Council Exemption to own, buy and sell gel blasters, can I own one?

No. Gel blasters have not been included in the exemption for imitation firearms. Gel blasters have not been approved for a lawful activity or purpose in any exemptions issued by the Department of Justice and Community Safety. A special condition now applies to the imitation firearm exemption order that excludes gel blasters that resemble operable firearms. This means that a person relying on the exemption is breaching the order and committing an offence if they are in possession of a gel blaster.

1 comment
by JASON TAN October 18, 2021

Gel Glasters is currently illegal in Victoria with a 2 years jail i wish the Victoria gun laws turn Gel Blasters into a licence firearms under a regular gun licence that worked very well under South Australia gun laws it decriminalise people for having Gel Blasters

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