While South Australian’s and Queenslander’s are enjoying regular social skirmish events with people of all ages, enthusiastic players in other states may be accidentally committing crimes by purchasing gel blasters.
The short version is that in states like New South Wales, the definition of what a “firearm” is, actually encompasses the gel blaster toys.
Dea Clark gave a thorough rundown on the situation in a recent post on the ABC’s website.
Since federal legislation actually allows gel blasters to be classified as toys, it seems that it is just a matter of “when” the remaining states catch up and amend their definitions to allow the toys too.
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