Gel Blasters are basically a toy gun that fires a soft gel ball. The gel ball ammo, also known as crystal balls or orbeez, are non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and are formed after soaking in water for around 4 hours. These squishy gel balls hold there form whilst being fired and then explode on impact.
The firearms laws in Australia vary dramatically from state to state and even though Gel Blasters are deemed to be a toy they fall under the imitation firearm laws of some states. Below is a state by state roundup of the legality of ownership and use of Gel Blasters.
The importation of imitation firearms is controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations). Importers must obtain permission before bringing firearms into Australia. Imitation firearms are defined as a copy or reproduction of a firearm, or an article that has the appearance of a firearm that could reasonably be taken to be a firearm. This can include goods such as ornaments, toys, and video game controllers. Appearance is regardless of the colour of the article. Imitation does include articles known as gel-blasters and NERF style articles that shoot gel balls or soft darts, only where that article that has the appearance of a firearm and could reasonably be taken to be a firearm.
Yes, gel blasters are legal in Queensland!
Yes, gel blasters are legal in South Australia with the correct licensing!
Check with your local law enforcement agency. Western Australian law is currently under review with respect to gel blasters.
Yes, gel blasters are legal in Tasmania as long as they do not resemble a real firearm. (Sci-fi blasters are ok, as are converted nerf type guns)
Check with your local law enforcement agency. Northern Territory law doesn’t specifically prohibit gel blasters.
NEW SOUTH WALES
No, gel blasters aren’t legal in New South Wales.
No, gel blasters aren’t legal in Victoria.
No, gel blasters aren’t legal in ACT.
We are not lawyers, so this article is based on our research and interpretation of the law. In some cases it’s very clear, in other cases it isn’t. It is YOUR responsibility to understand the law, and consult the appropriate experts before you consider purchasing a gel blaster.