The Australian Border Force (ABF) is warning online shoppers and firearms enthusiasts to be very clear about Australian laws after an increase of gel ball blasters seized at the border.
There appears to have been a worrying increase lately in the importation of gel ball blasters without import permission. The consequence of such action is the immediate seizure of the goods.
Despite being considered as toys, the devices display realistic characteristics, are able to fire projectiles and are considered dangerous. Under existing laws they are controlled as Imitation Firearms under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and importers must obtain permission from their state or territory police before importing them into Australia.
Anyone attempting to import these goods without permission can face fines of up to $525,000 and/or up to 10 years imprisonment.