Department of Home Affairs Meeting 25th July 2019

27 Jul 2019 2:25 PM | Anonymous

Over the last few days there have been a few developments around the legalities of Gel Blasters that we thought you may need to be aware of.

Recently some retailers, have had Gel Blaster parts seized by The Australian Border Force and sent to The Australian Federal Police for examination. The AFP officer responsible for the examination concluded that these parts were the same as Airsoft parts and were therefore prohibited imports.

These findings then resulted in a meeting conducted by the Department of Home Affairs and the AFP on the 24th and 25th of July. The Department of Home Affairs representative then phoned the Gel Blaster Association directly and outlined the following outcomes from the meeting.

  • The legality around Gel Blasters has not changed and they are still legal to import with the correct permit (B709A)
  • Internal Gel Blaster parts that are interchangeable with, or could be modified for, Airsoft ARE prohibited and will now be seized at the border as Airsoft parts
  • Retailers will need to contact Australian Border Force for any to discuss any seized items
  • The AFP and Department of Home Affairs are continuing to investigate the legality of Gel Blasters.

The Gel Blaster Association will not take this laying down and we will continue to fight for the Gel Blaster community.

We are currently in discussions with QPS to determine if retailers are able to note ‘Airsoft parts for use in Gel Blasters’ on the B709A. If they will allow this, then we may still be able to import the parts legally. We will update you on the outcome of this over the coming days.

We are also discussing with the QPS the possibility of inviting the ABF and Department of Home Affairs to the QPS meeting in September.

Prior to the meeting in September we will be arranging a general meeting for retailers and players for a general discussion and to compile a list of key questions to discuss with QPS. We would welcome your involvement at that meeting. The date of this meeting is Wednesday 31st August.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you also have issues and would like our assistance. It is more important than ever that we work together as a community to ensure the continuation of our sport.

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