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  • 10 Sep 2019 2:09 PM | Elliott Caldwell (Administrator)

    Below are the Minutes provided by QPS for the meeting held on the 6th September 2019. 

    Hello,

    Below is information discussed at the first Gel Blaster Association meeting held on the 6th of September 2019 at the Brisbane City police station.

    In total there were four (4) Associations present representing twenty-one (21) businesses. I would like to acknowledge the effort Associations have gone to by reaching out to businesses from around QLD, these Associations appreciate they should represent as many businesses as possible and I anticipate there will be more businesses represented at the next meeting. In total seventeen (17) questions were put forward to the government agencies. I am sure you can understand responses to some questions may take longer than others.

    The meeting was a great success with a lot of information shared between Australian Boarder Force, Australian Federal Police, Home Affairs, Queensland Police Service and the Associations.

    The first meeting was always going to be long due to the amount of ground needed to be covered. The two- and half-hour meeting showed how effective Associations can be, so once again I appreciate your professionalism during those conversations. There are now five (5) Associations in existence and I would suggest this is enough to represent the Gel Blaster community.

     

    Associations

    Airsoft Gelball Paintball Association of Australia Inc (AGPAA) co-ordinated by Roth BRENNAN

    Cairns Gel Blasters Club Incorporated (CGBCi)co-ordinated by Simon WHITE:

    Gel Blaster Association of Australia Incco-ordinated by Peter CLARK

    Gel Blaster Association Incco-ordinated by Nathan KIRBY

    North Queensland Gel Blaster Owners and Collectors Association Inc co-ordinated by Aaron O’DELL

     

    Whilst you are not required to be part of an Association I would still encourage you to be part of one, so your questions can be raised at the next meeting.

     

    The STOP and Think material and general Gel Blaster information is now available via the Weapons Licensing web page located here. The STOP and Think PowerPoint is also now available, to have this product presented to a group please contact your local Police Station and request to speak to a District Crime Prevention Co-ordinator who can access this presentation via the Crime Prevention Programs Unit SharePoint site.

     

    Below are the topics covered during our meeting. If you have questions you would like raised at the next meeting please forward them to your Association by COB on Monday 1st of October 2019. Associations please have those questions clearly clarified and forwarded to me by COB Friday 4th of October 2019, there is no need to ask a question that has already been asked.

     

    Please provide feedback to your Associations on the statement put forward by Senior Sergeant David NIXON. This feedback will be discussed at the next meeting.

     

    Meeting No. 1 – Weapons Licensing and Gel Ball Associations

     

    Weapons Licensing

    • ·         Representative - A/INSP Dave NIXON
    • ·         Meeting Co-ordinator - SGT Tony TATKOVICH
    • ·         Technical Input - AO5 Jacinda LOW
    • ·         Minutes - AO3 Chloe WINSTANLEY

     

    Guests

    Australian Boarder Force

    • ·         Supervisor Annette SAVERY Detained Goods and Firearms

    Australian Federal Police

    • ·         Team Member Wayne BENNET Firearms Identification and Armoury Team
    • ·         Team Member Chris PIETERSE Firearms Identification and Armoury Team

    Home Affairs

    • ·         Director Stephen KILEY Firearms Policy

     

    Associations

    Airsoft Gelball Paintball Association of Australia Inc (AGPAA)

    Co-ordinated by Roth BRENNAN:

    Present at meeting 1. Raymond TISNA and 2. Bill BIRCH

     

    Cairns Gel Blasters Club Incorporated (CGBCi)

    Co-ordinated by Simon WHITE:

    Present at meeting 1. Aaron O’DELL and 2. Johnathan TIDBOALD

     

    Gel Blaster Association of Australia Inc

    Co-ordinated by Peter CLARK:

    Present at meeting 1. Peter CLARK and 2. Brent ALBERTON

     

    Gel Blaster Association Inc

    Co-ordinated by Nathan KIRBY:  

    Present at meeting 1. Nathan KIRBY and 2. Elliott CALDWELL

     

    Discussion Points

    Introduce Minutes from Meeting held on 21/06/2019.

    • 1.       B709 Requirements - Specific quantity, description and images. Images are no longer required.
    • 2.       If you want a voice on how your community is shaped, then join an Association or form an Association by 01/09/2019.
    • 3.       You do NOT need to be part of an Association if you do not want to be.
    • 4.       STOP and Think campaign.
    • 5.       Information on Gel Blasters put on Weapons Licensing internet page.

     

    Discussion Points

    • 1.       On 15/07/2019, you were all provided with the STOP and Think campaign content.
    • 2.       It is NOT compulsory to be part of an Association.
    • 3.       You are able to import Gel Blasters and operate a business without being part of an Association.
    • 4.       Associations are limited to those who are financially invested in the Gel Blaster community.
    • 5.       Associations should represent as many wholesalers / retailers and Event Organisers as they can.
    • 6.       Associations are required to relay accurate information to the people they are representing.
    • 7.       Associations should take questions from those businesses they represent and forward them to WL prior to the next scheduled meeting.
    • 8.       Status of STOP and Think campaign and PowerPoint for Field Operators.
    • 9.       What can you do to help reduce the number of Gel Blasters incidents in the community?
    “Print off the STOP and Think flyers and put them in Gel Blaster boxes, put the STOP and Think posters up in the shop”. “Have a conversation with the buyer when they purchase a Gel Blaster”.
    “If an online retailer, have the campaign listed on the website for buyers to access”.
    • 10.   What can government agencies do to reduce the number Gel Blasters incident in the community?
    “Media campaign with QPS and Gel Blaster Associations promoting the STOP and Think campaign”.

     

    Information for Associations from Weapons Licensing

    • 1.       Importation process reiterated
    • 2.       New Email B709 application process reiterated
    • 3.       Do you need an Import Permit to import a Gel Blaster? Yes.
    • 4.       Do you need a licence to import a Gel Blaster? No.
    • 5.       Do you require a licence to own a Gel Blaster? No.
    • 6.       Do you require a B709 to import Gel Blasters parts? No.
    • 7.       What information is required when lodging a B709A to import Gel Blasters? The quantity of each Make and Model of Gel Blaster you would like to import.
    • 8.       Can I alter my Gel Blaster import B709A application prior to it being issued? Each State and Territory possesses its own policies relevant to Gel Blasters.
    • 9.       I’ve lost my B709A, can I get another one reprinted or expiry date extended? No
    • 10.   Can I import the Gel Blasters from overseas via another State? No
    • 11.   What is the age limit for using Gel Blasters? There is no age limit on possessing a Gel Blasters.
    • 12.   Can I modify a Gel Blaster? It is an offence to modify a Gel Blaster allowing it to fire ammunition.
    • 13.   Are Airsoft weapons legal to possess in QLD? Airsoft guns are considered firearms in Queensland and are a prohibited item under Schedule 6 the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.
    • 14.   Airsoft parts used in Gel Blasters cannot be imported in to QLD. The answer to this question is being reviewed by Home Affairs, there is no time limit on when a response will be provided.
    • 15.   Brokers not accepting Emailed B709. There is no known reason why Emailed B709 cannot be received by Brokers.
    • 16.   Safety Messaging from Field Operators. It is requested for Field Operators to provide images of the safety messages they provide to their customers. Please forward this material to your relevant Association for presentation at the next scheduled meeting.

    Gel Blaster Association – Questions

     

    Airsoft Gelball Paintball Association of Australia Inc

    1.       Is it legal to convert airsoft gearbox to a Gel Blaster gearbox? The answer to this question is being reviewed by Home Affairs, there is no time limit on when a response will be provided.

    2.       Can we import external Gel Blaster accessories that interchange-able to airsoft? The answer to this question is being reviewed by Home Affairs, there is no time limit on when a response will be provided.

    3.       Will the authorities impose performance limitations such as FPS or joules limit?

    At this stage QPS Scientific Ballistics Unit has indicated they will not be carrying out test on Gel Ball speeds.   

    4.       Can we import purposely made metal gearboxes for Gel Blasters? Yes.

    5.       Can we import Airsoft converted Gel Blasters? The answer to this question is being reviewed by Home Affairs, there is no time limit on when a response will be provided.

    6.       How does ABF differentiate Airsoft parts and Gel Blaster parts? The answer to this question is being reviewed by Home Affairs, there is no time limit on when a response will be provided.

    7.       Is it legal to import gas operated Gel Blasters like the Kublai P1? Yes.

    8.       Is it possible to obtain a list of banned Airsoft parts? The answer to this question is being reviewed by Home Affairs, there is no time limit on when a response will be provided.

    9.       Please clarify why there is a requirement to provide a full name and contact details for retail members? Would an ABN be enough? To confirm the identity of who is receiving specific information.

     

    CGBCinc

    10.   Are full metal builds of Gel Blasters allowed? Yes

    11.   Are we able to modify/repair Gel Blasters after they have been imported? Yes, as long as it is for Gel Blasters parts.


    Gel Blaster Association of Australia Inc

    • 12.   What date is Weapons Licencing up to with Gel Blaster B709A Applications? This information will not be released.
    • 13.   How many Businesses are Gel Blaster Associations required to represent? There is no specific number of business you are required to represent however there are currently 150+ Gel Blaster business in operation around QLD, and 23 of those are represented by 4 x Associations.

    14.   Could ABF/Home Affairs explain the legislative rule and interpretation they are using when seizing products such as Gearbox Housings, Gears and also decorative Osprey Suppressors? The answer to this question is being reviewed by Home Affairs, there is no time limit on when a response will be provided.

     

    Gel Blaster Association Inc

    • 15.   Will the QPS be willing to assist the Associations in promoting the STOP and Think Campaign? This question will be put to QPS Media and Public Affairs Group.
    • 16.   Can you please provide the legislation that determines an Airsoft part vs a Gel Blaster part for the purposes of importation? The answer to this question is being reviewed by Home Affairs, there is no time limit on when a response will be provided.
    • 17.   Some of our retailers requested the protocol for conducting photo/film activities using gel blasters. For example, if a retailer wishes to conduct a photo shoot for advertising is there an email address he can contact QPS to advise them of their intentions.

                  Reaching out to media and letting your local police station know.

     

    Statement by A/INSP NIXON 

    Possible future consideration:

     

    As Gel Blaster incidents continue to be of concern to the QPS and the Qld Government, legal options for their control will continue to be explored. Subsequently, if, at some future date, certain legislative conditions were applied to the ownership, possession and use of Gel Blasters, the question of what to do with Gel Blasters already in the community that are in the possession of persons who are;

    (a) unwilling to comply with any new conditions, and

    (b) prepared to divest themselves of possession of the items to avoid any conflict with new legislation.

    Of course, private sale of the item to a person who intends to comply with legislation is an option or destruction and disposal of the item by appropriate means is also an option. However, depending on how any new legislation may be applied, for people that these options may be impractical, inconvenient or unlawful, it may be beneficial to provide to those people more options for disposal of their Gel Blasters.

     

    As a group, is it possible to gauge the level of participation from Gel Blaster retailers as to how many would be repaired to offer themselves as points to receive surrendered Gel Blasters?

     

    This is not, and there is no intention of ever offering, regardless of any future legislation, a buy back scheme. This would simply be a disposal point of convenience for persons to dispose of their Gel Blaster due to not being prepared to comply with any new ownership requirements which may be imposed. There will be no obligation on retailers to offer to buy or offer renumeration for these items (this would require retailers to obtain a second-hand dealers license in the first instance). Condition of surrender will be that the retailer may then dispose of the item in any appropriate manner of their choosing. Once again, re selling of the items or any of the parts may require the retailer to first obtain a second-hand dealer’s license to do so.

  • 13 Aug 2019 4:32 PM | Elliott Caldwell (Administrator)

    Hi All, 

    The following was communication was received today from the Weapons Licensing branch of Queensland Police Service. This was sent to retailers and Associations. 


    "I would prefer to not keep sending out Emails to you all unless necessary however I appreciate some people need certain things clarified before our first Association meeting.

     

    1.       It is NOT compulsory to be part of an Association.

    2.       You are able to import Gel Blasters and operate a Gel Blaster Business without being part of an Association.

    3.       Associations are independent of the Queensland Police Service (QPS). It was suggested that a Gel Blaster Association/s be formed so a collective voice can be represented at meetings with the QPS and other government agencies and expediate the passage of information between the Gel Blaster community and government agencies, those conversations will shape the landscape of your community.

    4.       Association/s are limited to those who are financially invested in the Gel Blaster community i.e. wholesalers / retailers / Event Organisers and anyone else who trades in items relating to Gel Blasters, this does not include customers of your businesses.

    5.       Association should represent as many wholesalers / retailers and Event Organisers as they can. An Association only representing itself is not considered to be an Association. Each Association will be required to declare who they are representing at the beginning of each meeting held with the QPS. You will be asked to provide the following to your Association representative and nothing more –

    • Your business name
    • What you do i.e. retailer shop location etc
    • Owner of business details i.e. first name / last name and date of birth
    • Mobile number and Email details
    • Web page address

    6.       You should only be represented by one Association not multiple ones.

    7.       If you would like to join an Association then please contact any of the four registered Associations listed below -

    • Airsoft Gelball Paintball Association of Australia Inc (AGPAA) which is being co-ordinated by Roth BRENNAN who can be contact by Treasurerofagpaa@gmail.com
    • Cairns Gel Blasters Club Incorporated (CGBCi) which is being co-ordinated by Simon WHITE on 0439 744 898 or cairnsgelblastersclubinc@gmail.com
    • Gel Blaster Association of Australia Inc which is being co-ordinated by Peter CLARK who can be contacted by 0408 980 514 or peter@clarkcfp.com
    • Gel Blaster Association Inc which is being co-ordinated by Nathan KIRBY who can be contacted on 0498 246 431 or president.gelballqld@outlook.com 

    8.       Each Association will have their own terms and conditions therefore it is encouraged you contact each of them to identify what suits you. If an Association is charging you a fee then you should ask them what they provide for your money.

    9.       After each meeting held between the QPS and the Gel Blaster Association/s I will send out an Email to EVERYONE whose details I have with dot points on what we discussed. It will be up to each Association/s to elaborate on those conversation to the people they represent. If you have a question you would like the QPS to clarify then bring it up with your Association/s member who will raise that question on your behalf at the next scheduled meeting.

    10.     Weapons Licensing is in the process of creating a link for Frequently Asked Questions in relation to Gel Blasters on the Weapons Licensing web page. The QPS will be launching a new web page on 19th of August 2019, so please familiarise yourself with that page upon its release. It is hopeful the Gel Blaster link will be operational and the STOP and Think campaign material made available to you all before the first Association meeting.

     

    Association co-ordinators are reminded to hold on to their questions until the scheduled meetings.

    • The first Gel Blaster Association meeting has been set down between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Friday 6th of September 2019, at  Brisbane City police station.
    • Representatives from the Australian Boarder Force Firearms Team, Australian Federal Police and Home Affairs will be attending this meeting.
    • The second Gel Blaster Association meeting has been set down between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Friday 4th of October 2019, at Brisbane City police station.
    • Invites are limited to two people per Association however it is up to the Association/s to decide who will be attending on their behalf. I will contact each Association prior to the meetings to find out who will be in attendance.
    • Please remember that the new Brisbane City police station is located at 16 Mary St, Brisbane. I will meet everyone in the foyer and bring them up to the level 15 Briefing Room."


  • 2 Aug 2019 8:47 PM | Elliott Caldwell (Administrator)

    Hi All, 

    The following was communication was received today from the Weapons Licensing branch of Queensland Police Service. This was sent to retailers and Associations. 

    "Thank you to everyone who is adopting the new process for B709 imports by providing a specific quantity and description of that they are importing.

    • Please remember you NO LONGER need to provide an image of the item you would like to import unless you are specifically asked for one.
    • If an Email address is included on the B709 application then Weapons Licensing will Email Australian Boarder Force (ABF) and the Importer a copy of their approved B709 Import Permit.
    • If an Email is NOT included on the B709 application then Weapons Licensing will post Australian Boarder Force and the Importer a copy of their approved B709 Import Permit.
    • ABF does NOT require a B709 for Gel Blaster parts.
    • Airsoft weapons and Airsoft parts are prohibited from being imported in to QLD under Schedule 6 of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 – this is not new legislation and a majority of importers are compliant with this action.

    Weapons Licensing regularly receives a large volume of enquiries from the public in relation to a variety of topics, in order to expediate a response to your questions you will need to speak to your Association member who can raise these questions at the scheduled Association meetings. If your question is in relation to something governed by ABF then you should clarify the information with them.

    Please remember you have until Sunday 1st of September 2019, to be part of an association or form an association for Gel Blasters.

    I will need the name of what businesses you will be representing, what type of business it is, Retailer or Field Operator, contact name and their contact number. I will be calling each business you are representing to confirm their agreement with you. Please do not supply the details for businesses / field operators located outside of QLD.

    • Association co-ordinators are reminded to hold on to their questions until the scheduled meetings.
    • The first Gel Blaster Association meeting has been set down between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Friday 6th of September 2019, at Brisbane City police station.
    • The second Gel Blaster Association meeting has been set down between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Friday 4th of October 2019, at Brisbane City police station.
    • Invites are limited to two people per Association.


    In order to provide an accurate account of conversations had at the Association meetings I will provide dot points on our discussions after these meetings have been held to the Association representatives."


  • 1 Aug 2019 5:37 PM | Elliott Caldwell (Administrator)
    Please click HERE for the minutes from the Parts Importation Meeting Minutes  from the 31st July 2019
  • 27 Jul 2019 2:25 PM | Elliott Caldwell (Administrator)

    Over the last few days there have been a few developments around the legalities of Gel Blasters that we thought you may need to be aware of.

    Recently some retailers, have had Gel Blaster parts seized by The Australian Border Force and sent to The Australian Federal Police for examination. The AFP officer responsible for the examination concluded that these parts were the same as Airsoft parts and were therefore prohibited imports.

    These findings then resulted in a meeting conducted by the Department of Home Affairs and the AFP on the 24th and 25th of July. The Department of Home Affairs representative then phoned the Gel Blaster Association directly and outlined the following outcomes from the meeting.

    • The legality around Gel Blasters has not changed and they are still legal to import with the correct permit (B709A)
    • Internal Gel Blaster parts that are interchangeable with, or could be modified for, Airsoft ARE prohibited and will now be seized at the border as Airsoft parts
    • Retailers will need to contact Australian Border Force for any to discuss any seized items
    • The AFP and Department of Home Affairs are continuing to investigate the legality of Gel Blasters.

    The Gel Blaster Association will not take this laying down and we will continue to fight for the Gel Blaster community.

    We are currently in discussions with QPS to determine if retailers are able to note ‘Airsoft parts for use in Gel Blasters’ on the B709A. If they will allow this, then we may still be able to import the parts legally. We will update you on the outcome of this over the coming days.

    We are also discussing with the QPS the possibility of inviting the ABF and Department of Home Affairs to the QPS meeting in September.

    Prior to the meeting in September we will be arranging a general meeting for retailers and players for a general discussion and to compile a list of key questions to discuss with QPS. We would welcome your involvement at that meeting. The date of this meeting is Wednesday 31st August.

    Please feel free to reach out to us if you also have issues and would like our assistance. It is more important than ever that we work together as a community to ensure the continuation of our sport.



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