Queensland Police Warns Christmas gifts of Gel blasters
Queensland Police are advising the ones giving gel blasters as gifts this Christmas to rise up to hurry on the guidelines surrounding the projectile toys.
Gel blasters are sensible-looking toy weapons that shoot water-absorbing water beads gel balls.
The blasters are felony in Queensland and South Australia but banned in all other Australian states.
Townsville police's Sergeant Julie Cooke stated at the same time as it turned into no longer an offence to own a gel blaster in Queensland, there have been regulations around the manner it became dealt with throughout delivery.
"whilst possessing the gel blaster in a public vicinity the item should be carried in a way that isn't visible to the general public," she said.
"glaringly, we don't want people wearing them down the street because they look so actual like a real gun."
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A North Queensland number one school became placed into lockdown earlier this 12 months after two men with gel blasters had been noticed capturing outside the Wulguru kingdom college.
In December 2018, reproduction rifle gel blasters used to fire upon human beings in a Townsville park ended in two guys being charged with assault occasioning physical damage and threatening conduct with a weapon.
Tegan Maynard of 1 Shot Gel Blasters stated gel blaster sports activities have been just like paintball but the gel pellets do not hurt as an awful lot as paintballs do.
She said for folks who were no longer acquainted with the sport, the realism of the gel blasters can be surprising.
"these items do look very sensible a variety of the time, specially if you don't know approximately them. They may be quite horrifying," Ms Maynard said.
In Queensland, the penalty for wearing an unconcealed gel blaster in public is up to two years imprisonment.
The penalty for pointing and firing a gel blaster at every other individual with out their permission is up to seven years imprisonment
One Shot's co-proprietor Andrew Stark stated he would love harder penalties imposed on those using the devices illegally.
"we have laws, we recognise what they're, we're alleged to follow them, [but] we sense like the punishments are not difficult enough," he stated.
"We would like to peer the laws implemented a good deal harder."
Christmas blaster income boomingMs Maynard stated income of the gel blaster toys had doubled within the lead up to Christmas.
"We can not keep human beings away," Ms Maynard stated.
"it's far very hyped this yr as properly — it's what's trending [and] it has been truely crazy."
outlets of the blasters are required to show at least one Queensland Police prevent marketing campaign poster on their premises.
The poster outlines the guidelines around the possession and use of a gel blaster and provide information approximately offences and consequences related to the illegal use of the 'toy'.
Ms Maynard said additionally they covered a duplicate of the rules with every blaster offered.
"We also encourage people to pop a join up on their fence saying 'gel blasters in use', just to save that phone call from the neighbour who sees someone within the backyard with what seems like a gun," she stated.