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Are Gel Blasters Legal in European Union?

Are gel blasters firearms in Europe Union?

In the European Union, only licensed gun owners may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition. The firearms may be prohibited or subject to authorization or subject to declaration depending on the The minimum age for gun ownership in the European Union is 18 years

learn more: https://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/european-union

However, gel blasters are not classified as firearms because it doesn't has a combustible propellant, according to the DIRECTIVE (EU) 2017/853 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 May 2017 amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons

"(26) Objects which have the physical appearance of a firearm (‘replica’), but which are manufactured in such a way that they cannot be converted to expel a shot, bullet or projectile by the action of a combustible propellant, should not be covered by Directive 91/477/EEC."

Are gel blasters replica firearms in Europe Union?

According to the REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL The placing on the market of replica firearms /* COM/2010/0404 final */


3.1. For instance, more or less realistic imitations of firearms are used for relatively new leisure or hobby activities, such as " airsoft "; this is a leisure activity which takes the form of a game generally involving two opposing teams of players equipped with imitation guns (generally made of plastic) which shoot 6mm or 8mm plastic pellets propelled by gas or compressed air. The propulsion power ranges in general from 2 to 7 joules.

3.2. Pellet guns can sometimes bear a resemblance to a real gun (but are not necessarily imitations of a particular model). They shoot cartridges containing small steel, lead or rubber pellets. The principle of gas-propulsion remains the same as for the airsoft guns, the essential difference being in the type of cartridge used.

3.3. Other objects are similar in certain respects to firearms, without necessarily imitating them in a very realistic manner: take, for example, the launchers used for "paintball". This is a leisure activity practiced in privately-owned natural or urban settings and usually involving two opposing teams of players equipped with launchers which propel paint pellets by gas or compressed air. Paint pellets are projected by a force of between 10 and 13 joules."

Gel blasters only have about 0.3 to 0.4 joules, it's far less powerful than the airsoft and paintballs, so it's not even a replica firearms in European.

In conclusion:

gel ball blasters are not replica firearm imitations in Europe Union countries, they are just toy guns. However, we suggest people over eighteen age can buy it for safety purpose.

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