Are Gel Blasters Legal in Australia?
What is a Gel Blaster? A gel blaster (or gel ball blaster, hydro blaster, gel gun) may be a life-like toy gun designed to shoot a gel pellet that has been soaked in water (similar to an Orbeez).
Gel blasters are similar to a paintball gun and are getting more popular to be used in activities just like paintball skirmish and laser tag.
Gel Blasters are legal throughout some states of Australia. Customers are advised to consult local state laws regarding Gel Blasters. At the time of posting this article, restrictions to own or use Gel Blasters exist in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and now South Australia.
They’ve become increasingly popular all around Australia in the last 12 months making way for many retail stores to open.
At the time of this article, Queensland’s laws do not prohibit or restrict ownership of gel blaster guns. This is distinctly different from Victoria and NSW, for example, where gel blasters are generally treated as firearms or replica firearms.
While no licence or authority is required to possess gel blasters in Queensland, users should exercise common sense and caution in how and where they use them.
Are gel blasters legal in NSW?
Gel blasters are currently illegal in NSW, they are banned in New South Wales, you can't own or purchase a gel blaster without a firearms license.
Are gel blasters legal in Victoria?
Gel blasters are illegal in VIC as they are classed as replica firearm. If they resemble a toy with bright colours then these can be deemed as ok.
Are gel blasters legal in Tasmania?
Gel blasters are currently illegal in Tasmania, they are banned, you can't own or purchase without a firearms license in line with Tasmania police.
Are gel blasters legal in QLD?
Gel blasters are currently legal in Queensland to own, sell and purchase without a license. They have to be used responsibly and following relevant laws and requirements (e.g. transporting in a sealed case, not using in a public place)
Are gel blasters legal in SA?
Gel blasters are illegal in SA as they are classed as replica firearm, you can't own or purchase a gel blaster without a firearms license.
Are gel blasters legal in WA?
Currently, there are not any specific laws in Western Australia, no regulation on gel blasters.
You can digitally sign a petition to make gel ball guns legal in NSW & VIC here.