Hunters and Shooters Society of Australia has access to Gel Blaster fields within South East Queensland and hold Gel Blaster matches throughout the year. Your $35 yearly membership fee gives you a reasonable reason and access to our public liability insurance cover. Game fees are additional.
We hold a $20 million dollar public liability Insurance cover for our members, who are taking part in Gel Blaster matches, whilst following our rules with a current deed of assumption of risk signed by the member.
We are able to fulfil the requirements of a genuine reason to own Gel Blasters with the new Queensland legislation that took effect in February 2021.
The new laws require people to be able to prove a reasonable reason to own/posses a gel blaster.
Although being a member of HSSA or any other club is not a legal requirement. Your HSSA membership will meet all of the requirements for your reasonable reason.
Below link to a news clip in regards to the law change for gel blasters.
Below is a short clip outline the benefits of joining HSSA Queensland Gel Blaster Club.
There is a new safety framework for replicas, including gel blasters that closely resemble firearms.
This framework ensures that gel blaster activities can continue to be safely enjoyed in Queensland. The framework supports gel blaster enthusiasts, supports small businesses that sell gel blaster equipment and supplies, and ensures community safety.
Weapons Licensing has been working closely with the industry, explaining the new framework and assuring participants that, with a few changes like storing their gel blaster in a sports bag with a bike lock and not carrying it openly in public, they can continue to safely enjoy this popular pastime.
Further, owners of replica firearms or gel blasters that closely resemble firearms should have a reasonable excuse for owning one. Weapons Licencing has sought legal advice regarding this and can confirm that the term “reasonable excuse” is a very broad term and it is taken to mean anything that would not be considered unreasonable.
When implemented, it is hoped that these changes will reduce the number of incidents.
In the lead-up to these changes, the Queensland Police Service has delivered information sessions detailing the amendments as well as information on the “STOP and Think” campaign, which is aimed at gel blaster users, collectors, retailers, venue operators and the broader community.
Weapons Licensing has worked closely with other Government agencies and community stakeholders to achieve an outcome that is in everyone’s best interests. Weapons Licensing will continue to engage with relevant stakeholders and assist them understanding the new framework.
The new framework takes effect from 1 February 2021. This allows time for stakeholders and the community to adjust to the changes.
The legislation and regulation changes can be found via the below links:
Link to Legislation: https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/html/asmade/act-2020-023
Link to Regulation: https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/whole/pdf/asmade/sl-2020-0155
What does this mean?
A gel blaster that closely resembles a firearm will be considered a replica firearm. A gel blaster that does NOT closely resemble a firearm will NOT be regulated under this framework. This new framework only applies to gel blasters that closely resemble a firearm. Replica firearms are NOT considered firearms.
For Replica Collectors (not gel blaster users):
Replica Category R firearms WILL be removed from Collectors firearms licences. Deactivated / Inoperable Category R firearms will remain on Collectors firearm licences.