The Queensland Police Service has recommended tighter restrictions on replica firearms and gel blasters, with the public invited to have their say on the proposed new rules.
Minister for Police and Corrective Services, Mark Ryan said police were dealing with an increased number of incidents involving the misuse of replica guns and gel blasters.
“The safety of Queenslanders has always been the Palaszczuk Government’s highest priority,” Mr Ryan said.
“Gel blasters and other replicas can look very similar to real firearms, and we don’t want them used to threaten people or commit crimes.”
He said the recommendations proposed by Queensland Police included changes to transportation and the storage of replica firearms.
Police have also suggested that owners of gel blasters should have a “reasonable excuse” for their possession.
“We also don’t want to see young people in a bad situation – such as if a member of the community sees them with a gel blaster and calls the police,” Mr Ryan said.
He said police were not suggesting a complete ban on gel blasters.
“This is about a few simple precautions to keep the community safe.”
“The aim is to strike a balance to ensure people can still use gel blasters recreationally, while also protecting Queenslanders from harm,” Mr Ryan said.
He said a public safety campaign involving gel blaster retailers and the Queensland Police Service was now underway.
To have a say on the police recommendations, readers can visit the Get Involved website at this PS News link.