Help to Make Airsoft legal in Australia
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What is Airsoft?
Airsoft is a competitive team sport played with replica firearms that shoot small plastic pellets. The aim of the game is to eliminate other players to win the game. It is very popular in Europe, America, Russia and many more places.
Airsoft in Australia
Airsoft is currently illegal in Australia, and that is what we are trying to change. It isn't the sport itself that is the problem, it is the guns. Paintball guns are completely legal in Australia, even though the projectiles are much larger and shoot more than 10 times faster than Airsoft BB guns. The sport is only illegal in Argentina, Canada, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore and Australia. Numerous attempts have been made to change the laws on Airsoft, but all have remained fruitless.
The benefits of Airsoft
Since Airsoft is a physical sport, it can be played professionally in Australia, and we can even host major Airsoft events with players from around the world competing. The sport can get many people to be more active, like kids, teens, and adults who stay indoors playing video games. Why sit on a computer in the dark all day, when you can go outside and do the real thing with your friends in person? The sport can compel people to start small businesses in the sale of Airsoft guns and gear, and allow some of the larger international Airsoft businesses to set up retail stores to sell their products in Australia.
What we want to change
We would like to allow airsoft firearms to be legally imported to Australia, and to allow the legal purchase of said Airsoft firearms by people ages 14 and over. This will allow teens to get involved with the sport and get more active.
Requirements for Legality
Amendment of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 as follows: - Importation of Airsoft devices of any appearance should only require the Police Certification Test to be satisfied; - Importation of Airsoft devices of fully automatic firing capability should only require the Police Certification Test to be satisfied; - Airsoft devices of all types of propulsion should be exempt from the Safety Tests; - Airsoft devices should be exempted from having a unique serial number.
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